GREENVILLE, S.C.-Michelin Americas Truck Tires has signed an agreement with PHH Vehicle Management Services (PHH), formerly known as NTS, that will enable PHH to sell and distribute Michelin truck tires to more than 500 truck stops throughout the U.S. Michelin said it wanted to satisfy the need to provide 24-hour service and availability of products on the road to owner-operators, national accounts and other trucking companies.
General to redesign truck tire sidewalls
AKRON-The words ``Continen-tal Technology'' will appear on the restyled sidewalls of General Tire's entire line of General brand radial medium truck tires.
The move reflects the closer relationship between General and its parent company, Continental A.G., the Akron-based subsidiary said. The redesign also indicates that Continental research and development and engineering is included in all General brand commercial products, the company said.
The new sidewall will first appear on a new all-position tire, the S370, slated for introduction in the third quarter of this year.
The redesign will eventually appear on all other General brand tires as products are introduced and molds are updated.
Bead seater center of Ariz. patent case
PHOENIX-Tire Service Equipment Manufacturing Co. Inc. filed suit July 22 in Arizona U.S. District Court alleging a distributor and manufacturer are violating its patent for the Cheetah Tire Bead Seating Tool.
The suit, filed against Manchester, N.H.-based Bead Seater Corp., maker of the Bead Seater, and Phoenix-based distributor Arizona Rubber Co., seeks damages and an injunction against future infringements, according to Tire Service owner Wes Sprunk.
Martinez assumes NHTSA's top post
WASHINGTON-Dr. Ricardo Martinez, a doctor specializing in emergency medicine, was sworn in Aug. 29 as administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Prior to his Senate confirmation, Dr. Martinez had served several months as a special consultant for NHTSA.
Previously, Dr. Martinez was an associate professor of emergency medicine and associate director of the Center for Injury Control at Emory University in Atlanta.
Christopher A. Hart, NHTSA deputy administrator, served as acting administrator pending Dr. Martinez's confirmation.
Goodyear separates auto racing division
AKRON-Goodyear has established a self-contained racing division for its race tire program to ``solidify its global leadership supplying tires for auto racing,'' the Akron-based tire maker said.
Establishing racing as a semi-autonomous group with the corporate business structure is the first major organizational change for Goodyear racing in its 30-year history.
H. Leo Mehl, longtime director of racing worldwide, will head the new division with the title of general manager.
Goodyear has also named Stu Grant, who has 17 years experience in race tire development, as director of tire sales and marketing.
Cooper, U.G. Tire try to avoid recalls
WASHINGTON-Two tire companies have asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to be excused from recalling various tires on the grounds that their defects do not compromise safety.
Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. petitioned NHTSA over 2,800 Uniroyal Motomaster tires, size P175/70R13, made between the 17th and 20th weeks of 1994 and marked with an incorrect week and year of manufacture in their identification numbers.
Meanwhile, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. made 8,097 Cooper Sport Metric GT radials, size 175/70R13, between the eighth and 18th weeks of 1994 incorrectly labeled as 175/75R13 near the beads, although the correct size is molded into the mid-sidewall.