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.
Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?
|I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.||
|I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.||
|I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.||
|I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.||
|I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.||
|Total votes: 78|