WASHINGTON-The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an airworthiness directive requiring replacement of 135 aircraft tires made by Michelin Aircraft Tire Corp. Two identical Michelin tires, model P/N 028-520-1 (22X5.75-12, 10-ply rating), ruptured on the main landing gears of Cessna Citation VII aircraft, according to a notice published in the Jan. 29 Federal Register.
After an investigation, the FAA determined those tires, and possibly the 135 others in that manufacturing lot, suffered from low adhesion in the crown area because of a misplaced rubber compound.
These tires were installed on Citation III and VI airplanes, as well as the Citation VII. The FAA ordered replacement of these tires ``with any FAA-approved tire.''
A spokesman for Michelin North America said the company has complied fully with the FAA order and that Cessna continues to buy Michelin tires as original equipment.
BFS upgrading its Texas test facility
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. plans to invest $6 million over two years to improve its 6,000-acre proving grounds and tire testing facility in Fort Stockton, Texas.
The project will add test surfaces, install new equipment and upgrade buildings at the site, the company said.
The Nashville-based tire maker will construct multiple ride-and-noise test surfaces, from smooth asphalt to broken concrete, on several miles of track to simulate driving conditions across the U.S.
A new tire noise testing facility will provide data the auto industry needs to meet ISO standards.
Hayes Wheels' '95 earnings slip
ROMULUS, Mich.-One-time charges relating to restructuring and a proposed purchase of the company pushed Hayes Wheels International Inc.'s earnings for fiscal 1995 (ended Jan. 31, 1996) 5 percent below the previous year's.
For the year, the wheel maker reported net income of $28.4 million on a 13.7-percent increase in sales to $611.1 million, including a 24-percent jump in sales for its North American Fabricated Wheels Group.
Non-recurring charges of $2.2 million dropped earnings for the year below fiscal 1994's. Of that amount, $1.28 million related to a withdrawn proposal by Varity Corp. to purchase the 54 percent of Hayes Wheels it doesn't already own for $25 a share. The remainder involved restructuring charges for the company's North American Aluminum Wheel Group.
AIKEN, S.C.-The former Carlisle Tire & Rubber Co. is making a stronger move into the original equipment specialty tire market with the acquisition of two California wheel manufacturers.
The company acquired Carson, Calif.-based Intero Inc. and Unique Wheel Inc. of Ontario, Calif., during the first week of March, and subsequently renamed itself Carlisle Tire & Wheel Co., according to John L. Kiehl, Carlisle Tire vice president of sales and marketing.
Terms of the acquisitions were not disclosed, but their addition will allow the specialty tire maker to begin producing wheels for towable trailers, Mr. Kiehl said.
Wheels for the assemblies will be produced in the former Unique and Intero facilities, but Carlisle has not decided whether it will use those brand names.
``Both companies will play an integral role in Carlisle's expanding strategy to provide a specialty tire and wheel assembly to key original equipment markets,'' said Stephen P. Munn, chairman and CEO of Carlisle Tire's parent company, Carlisle Companies Inc.
The acquisitions also will allow Carlisle to deal more directly with its end customers, he said, by supplying mounted tire/wheel assemblies. In the past, the tire maker had shipped its tire products to wheel manufacturers-including Unique and Intero.
Wheel Effects buys Zz Wheels
PLACENTIA, Calif.-Wheel Effects Inc., maker of AFX-brand aftermarket wheels, has purchased ZZ Wheels of Richardson, Texas, for an undisclosed amount.
Each ZZ wheel features a ``twistlock'' interchangeable center, allowing users to change the look of the wheel quickly and easily, according to Wheel Effects.
The Placentia-based firm said it is producing new sales literature for the ZZ line and plans a ``very aggressive'' advertising and promotional campaign.