June 26, 2007

China Trys Harder To Kill Americans

When Ford ran into the tire seperation issue, they were being lambasted nightly
on the news. It was all one heard about for months on end.

Bet you didn't hear anything about this one:

A recent lawsuit arising from a fatal auto accident in Pennsylvania is pointing toward another potentially hazardous Chinese import, this time tires.

The accident occurred last August, when a steel-belted radial on a
cargo van carrying four passengers allegedly experienced a tread
separation -- the type of problem that prompted the big Firestone
recall of 2000 -- causing the driver to loose control and crash.
Two passengers were killed, the two others injured, one severely.

They already know why the tire seperation is happening. But how can that
be you ask, it took months and months for Firestone to figure it out, what
was Firestone stonewalling us?

Nope ..

The tire's U.S. distributor -- Foreign Tire Sales Inc. of Union, N.J., says that it discovered a safety feature it had specifically asked the manufacturer to include was omitted from up to 450,000 of the tires imported from China's Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. since 2002. FTS has notified federal safety officials that a recall may be necessary and that it believes other U.S. distributors have been selling identical tires, which could account for up to another half a million tires.


Well, ok, lets just recall all those tires ..

FTS says it doesn't have the resources to pay for the recall itself and that it can't even clearly identify the specific tires because the Chinese manufacturer has failed to provide the distributor with the identification numbers of the tires that were manufactured with the missing safety feature.

China has no identification system to figure out which ones are bad.

So maybe this will finally prompt China to start making better products ...

An official of Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. reached late Monday evening in China said: "We are aware of this matter and we are now in the process of responding to the lawsuit. Production and sales at our company remain normal."(emphasis mine)

Nope, business as usual.

This will not stop until we stop buying defective, deadly imports from China.

Posted by Quality Weenie at June 26, 2007 07:49 AM | TrackBack

GREAT post! I think they're trying to kill us incrementally... didn't know that about the tires... wow. Business as usual, too.
I would advocate an embargo, but every dadgum thing I pick up says Made In China. >:^(

Posted by: pam at June 26, 2007 11:49 AM