Current Issue

API secures 'unlawful' tire shipment

Comments Email

WASHINGTON (July 8, 2014) — American Pacific Industries Inc. (API) has recalled 761 Gladiator-brand light truck and trailer tires that were exported to the U.S. from China “unlawfully” without API’s knowledge and are deemed potentially unsafe.

API said it has accounted for all of the tires, which are in the possession of U.S. Customs in Houston, and has directed Customs to destroy them.

The tires in question “did not pass our quality control inspection at origin and were unlawfully exported to the U.S.A.,” API said.

Accompanying API’s correspondence with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a copy of an invoice issued by Qingdao Keter International Co. Ltd. of Qingdao, China, showing the tires in question and the shipping vessel. They were shipped March 15 to persons not identified by API or NHTSA.

The tires were produced by Deruibao Tire Co. Ltd. of Guangrao, Shandong, China, which claims in a document to be an authorized manufacturer of Gladiator-brand tires.

API was notified of the unlawful shipment by Customs on May 1. The tires in question are of 18 different sizes—12 P-metric 16- or 17-inch sizes and six ST trailer tires in 13- to 16-inch sizes, the documents show.

More Polls>

TB Reader Poll

Previous | Published August 25, 2016

Does your business have a shortage of young skilled workers?

Yes, there are no young people working at our company.
16% (26 votes)
Yes, but we’re grooming a few young workers.
36% (59 votes)
No, we have a good mix.
24% (39 votes)
We’re desperate for young workers and think the industry should do more to offer training opportunities.
24% (39 votes)
Total votes: 163
More Polls »