WASHINGTON-The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Michelin XW4 radial tires for alleged tread separation, sidewall failure and blowout. Five accident reports sent to NHTSA regarding the XW4 instigated the preliminary evaluation begun Oct. 3, according to NHTSA's most recent recall and investigation report. One complaint alleged the tread on one XW4 ``separated with sufficient energy to penetrate the vehicle's interior,'' a fact sheet from NHTSA said.
Michelin North America called the investigation a ``routine follow-up to a small number of inquiries filed with the agency.''
Dunlop announces new presideat, CEO
BUFFALO, N.Y.-P. David Campbell will succeed Peter K. Fujita as president and CEO of Dunlop Tire Corp. sometime in early 1996, the company said.
Mr. Fujita, who replaced Randall L. Clark as president and CEO in 1991, will return to Japan at an unspecified date in 1996, Dunlop said.
Formerly senior vice president corporate administration, Mr. Campbell has become senior executive vice president in the interim. The firm also named him a director.
In his new position, he will be responsible for the executive direction of all functions within the company. As part of his responsibility, he will strive to provide more value for Dunlop's customers, the firm said.
Michelin run-flat option on Lincoln
DETROIT-Michelin said it is the first manufacturer to be chosen to supply a 60-series ``run-flat'' tire as an original equipment fitment option.
The company's P225/60R16 MXV4 ZP zero-pressure continued mobility tire will be optional equipment on the 1995 Lincoln Continental beginning mid year. The tire fits on a standard-profile rim containing a special safety hump.
PATC to debut new marketing program
NEW HAVEN, Conn.-Pirelli Armstrong Tire Corp. will unveil a number of new products and programs during its annual dealer meeting this month in Pasadena, Calif., officials said.
Among these will be PATC's ``largest marketing campaign ever,'' plus a ``major plant investment'' and a series of new products-all of which should give the company's dealers ``every reason to be optimistic in 1995,'' according to Vice President of Sales and Marketing Alan Bennett.
The PATC dealer meeting is scheduled for Jan. 28-31.
Super Bowl ads tout Wrangler Aquatred
AKRON-Goodyear will launch its latest Aquatred product, the Wrangler Aquatred, during the Super Bowl pre- and post-game specials on ABC-TV, Jan. 29.
The Akron-based tire maker will introduce the tire during 30-second TV spots, which feature a Wranger Aquatred-shod Jeep Grand Cherokee, a ski jump filled with water and a ski jumper.
Goodyear also used the Super Bowl to introduce the Aquatred in 1993 and the Eagle Aquatred in 1994.
The company said it will promote the Aquatred family of tires in 1995 during coverage of major sporting events, including the Daytona 500, and prime-time programs like ``ER,'' ``Home Improvement'' and ``60 Minutes.''
BFS dealer program head to leave firm
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridge-stone/Firestone Inc.'s director of affiliated dealer operations, Michael Cox, has resigned to become senior vice president of Rochester, N.Y.-based Monro Muffler Brake Co.
Until Mr. Cox's replacement is named, John Gamauf, division vice president of consumer tire dealer sales, will oversee the affiliated dealer program, the company said.
NTDRA implements prescription program
WASHINGTON-The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association has added a prescription card service to its comprehensive group health and life insurance program.
With the card, members are able to buy medication for $8 and brand-name medication for $10 at pharmacies throughout the country, the NTDRA said.
For more information about the program call the NTDRA at (800) 876-8372.
Wal-Mart wins pricing decision
BENTONVILLE, Ark.-The Arkansas Supreme Court overruled a state judge who earlier said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. committed predatory pricing in and around Conway, Ark.
The court's Jan. 9, 4-3 vote stated Wal-Mart's practice of selling some medicines below cost didn't violate Arkansas law. Three drugstore firms filed the suit in 1993 alleging the retailer lowered prices in an attempt to drive them out of business.