GREENVILLE, S.C. The 1996 Lincoln Continental soon will begin offering Michelin's MXV4 ZP (zero-pressure) continued mobility tire as optional equipment. Michelin North America noted that up to now run-flat tires have been optional only on exotic, ultra high-performance vehicles.
``The new fitment represents a major step forward in making the continued mobility tire available to the general public,'' said Hubert Hannezo, the company's executive vice president.
Pirelli tires included in Mercedes warranyt
NEW HAVEN, Conn.Mercedes-Benz of North America has extended its new car warranty to include Pirelli tires.
Under an agreement between the carmaker and Pirelli Armstrong Tire Corp., both companies' dealer networks will provide comprehensive tire warranty service to Mercedes car owners for the first year.
The Mercedes ``S'' Class is fitted with the Pirelli P600 and later this year the ``C'' Class will ride on a new version of the Pirelli P6000.
NHSTA reports only 3 tire recalls in '95
WASHINGTON The tire industry had three tire recalls in 1995, compared with five in 1994, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Of the three 1995 voluntary tire manufacturer recalls, two involved noncompliance with federal safety standards and one involved a safety-related defect.
The tire recalls were few compared with 258 vehicle recalls last year, 53 of which were influenced by NHTSA investigations.
FBOR plant to begin making Bridgestones
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. Bridge-stone/Firestone Off Road Tire Co.'s Bloomington plant has met the requirements that will allow it to manufacture Bridgestone brand OTR tires, in addition to the Firestone brand tires already produced at the plant.
The Bridgestone Bias R-Lug series tires will be the first on the production line.
``Being able to manufacture the R-Lug domestically will allow us to dramatically increase supply to our customers and provide faster delivery,'' said Manny Cicero, executive director of sales and marketing.
Fire claims trailers, chips at T.I.R.E.S. site
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. A two-day fire that claimed 13 trailers and sent up plumes of smoke from burning tire chips resulted from a freak accident, according to an official at Tires Into Recycled Energy & Supplies Inc. (T.I.R.E.S.).
The fire started in T.I.R.E.S.' open-air storage dock Jan. 25 when a front-end loader scraped concrete, creating a spark that ignited nearby cardboard. Workers at the scene were unable to douse the fire as it spread to wooden pallets and then to the timber roof, which fell into piles of tire shreds.
Monetary loss has not been determined, but the company's scrap tire processing operations were unaffected.
Monarch celebrates 70th anniversary
HARTVILLE, Ohio Despite a name change from Monarch Industrial Tire Corp. to Trelleborg Monarch Inc. last September, the company, which is celebrating its 70th year, remains the same, President Tim Ryan said.
The Hartville-based manufacturer of Monarch-brand solid and pneumatic-shaped tires became a subsidiary of Trelleborg A.B. of Sweden in 1991.
``We're extremely proud to have survived in the rubber industry for 70 years,'' Mr. Ryan said, adding that few tire manufacturing companies today can make that statement.
The company has issued a new logo to mark its anniversary.
TRIB to sponsor 3rd fund-raising raffle
LOUISVILLE, Ky. An RCA video camcorder is one of five prizes to be awarded in the Tire Retread Information Bureau's third-annual, fund-raising raffle at the ARA World Tire Conference in Louisville, April 20.
Other prizes include both a 20-inch and 13-inch RCA combination TV/VCR plus two free memberships in TRIB.
Tickets are $1 each or $5 for a book of six. A donation is not required to enter.
For information, contact TRIB, 900 Weldon Grove, Pacific Grove, Calif. 93950; (408) 372-1917. Fax: (408) 372-9210.