CUMBERLAND, Md.-Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. has issued a voluntary recall of nearly 76,699 passenger tires made at its Tyler, Texas, plant the week of Sept. 11. The recalled tires are sizes P185/75R14, P195/75R14, P185/70R14 and P195/70R14 with serial numbers beginning with ``PL'' and ending with ``374.''
The recall covers Kelly and its Lee, Monarch and Star associate brands and private labels made for Big O Tires Inc., Canadian Tire Co. Ltd., Discount Tire Co., Hoffman Tire, Laramie Tire Distributors Inc., Reynolds Tire & Rubber, Sears, Roebuck and Co., Shell Oil Co., Summit Tire & Battery Inc. and TBC Corp.
Some Concorde Value Mark, Calibre and Classic tires made for Goodyear also are affected.
An estimated 1 percent contain insufficently cured bead insulation rubber, making them ``prone to premature failure and sudden air loss,'' Kelly said.
Titan Wheel reports records for 3rd qtr.
QUINCY, Ill.-Titan Wheel International Inc. reported record sales and earnings for the third quarter, despite a six-week work stoppage at its newly acquired Pirelli Armstrong Tire Corp. farm tire plant in Des Moines, Iowa.
The maker of tires, wheels and rims for off-highway vehicles reported a 254.9-percent jump in net income to $4.28 million and a 217.7-percent increase in sales to $97.8 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with the year-earlier period.
The company attributed the better performance to increased margins created by higher sales and cost improvements.
For the first nine months, net earnings grew 163.8 percent to $13.2 million as sales rose 197.4 percent to $292.4 million.
URW, Dunlop talds continue over pact
BUFFALO, N.Y.-Dunlop Tire Corp. and United Rubber Workers Local 135 at the firm's Buffalo tire plant have agreed to extend the union's old contract through midnight Nov. 13 as both parties continue to negotiate a new contract.
The URW rejected a tentative contract Nov. 6, the same day an earlier contract extension was to have expired.
Both parties were expected to reconvene Nov. 9 to try to reach a new agreement without a strike, the tire maker said.
Two makers recall temporary spares
WASHINGTON-Both Bridgestone Corp. and Goodyear Canada Inc. have issued recalls of temporary spare tires they supplied Japanese automakers, due to possible tread separation.
Bridgestone is recalling 14,000 Japanese-made Tracampa temporary spares that failed federal endurance testing requirements for tires.
The tires, sizes T115/70D14 and T125/70D15, were made in July and August 1992 and fitted on various Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Subaru vehicles imported from Japan, according to a Bridgestone spokesman.
``There have been no problems at all with these tires,'' he said. ``But after inspecting them, we decided they should be recalled.''
Goodyear, meanwhile, reported similar problems with 1,790 Convenience Spare Tires, size T105/80D13. These tires, made during one week of August 1992 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, were placed in Japanese-made 1993 three-door Honda Civics.
For more information, contact Bridgestone at (615) 231-6800 or Goodyear Canada at (416) 626-4611.
Michelin's 'Green X' wins design award
GREENVILLE, S.C.-Popular Mechanics has bestowed its 1995 Design & Engineering Award on Michelin's ``Green X'' tire, featuring Radial XSE technology, which reduces rolling resistance and increases wet traction.
The Green X tire was one of 36 products recognized by the magazine for achievement in new product development as well as inventive technological advancements for existing products.
BFS' LaVergne plant nets ISO 9000 award
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridge-stone/Firestone Inc.'s LaVergne, Tenn., facility is the first passenger and light truck tire plant in the U.S. to meet the requirements of the ISO 9000 standards for quality assurance, the company said.
The plant was recommended for certification based on an audit of its quality assurance system completed Oct. 7. BFS is imple-menting measures at all its plants to meet ISO 9000 standards.
Earlier this year, BFS' Warren County, Tenn., plant became the first truck tire plant in the U.S. to achieve ISO 9000 certification.
Mitsubishi dealers to sell forklift tires
HOUSTON-Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has begun offering two lines of replacement lift-truck tires through its 150 dealers in North and South America.
Canada's Industrial Tires Ltd. (ITL) is making Master Cushion and Master Solid tires for the Mastersource program, which offers a full line of forklift parts through Mitsubishi dealers.
The tires will fit most lift truck brands, the company said.
ITL also supplies similar lines of tires sold through Caterpillar dealers and supplies original equipment tires to Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc.