WASHINGTON-The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced 2,500 Chrysler Corp. 1996 Dodge Ram light trucks contain tire/wheel specifications on their vehicle certificates that indicate a smaller size tire than required. The smaller tires would not have the load capacity for the vehicle's specified gross weight rating, increasing the chance for tire failure, NHTSA said.
Owners of the vehicles will be mailed an overlay label with the correct information or can have the labels installed by their automotive dealers.
Titan buys machines; makes deal with CGT
QUINCY, Ill.-Titan Tire Corp. has purchased surplus bias tire building and curing equipment from Continental General Tire that will allow it to boost capacity by 30 percent at its Des Moines, Iowa, plant, according to the company's parent, Titan Wheel International Inc.
Titan Tire also entered into a 2-year agreement with the tire maker to build some small off-highway and industrial bias tires for the construction and specialty markets, Titan said.
The company declined to discuss the specifics of either agreement, according to Titan Tire COO Mike Samide.
Michelin debuts precure retreading
FRIBOURG, Switzerland-Groupe Michelin debuted a precure retreading process in Europe earlier this year that has been under development for years.
Michelin declined to comment directly on the development of the precure process, known as ``Recamic,'' although it has established a European coor-dination center in Fribourg.
For years, Michelin has used its ``Recabib'' mold cure process in Germany, Spain and the U.K.
The company said it has no plans to market the precure process in the U.S. But when asked about its retreading plans for the North American market, Michelin North America said:
``We feel that it is necessary to be prepared to support our independent dealers with additional retreading and marketing options considering recent developments in the retread market. If the present environment continues, you could anticipate that Michelin will in the future be involved in retreading in North America in a manner that would protect our independent dealers.''
Greg Wolff joins tires business staff
AKRON-Greg Wolff has joined TIREBUSINESS as a sales represen-tative, effective April 8.
Most re-cently, he was a sales rep with Babcox Publications, which pub-lishes Tire Review.
He is a graduate of Kent State University, earning a bachelor's of science degree in advertising in 1989.
Humanitarian award deadline approaching
AKRON-TIRE BUSINESS is accepting nominations for the third annual Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award, which honors an independent dealer or retreader who has made a difference in his or her community.
The winner will receive a medal and a $1,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice, and be honored at the 1996 National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association convention in Atlanta, Sept. 5-7.
Entry deadline is May 31. See page 31 for an entry blank.
News in brief...
Representatives of the International Tire & Rubber Association, formerly the American Retreaders Association, and the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association scheduled a meeting for May 6 in Chicago to continue their discussion of a joint trade show. The earliest possible date for such a show would be 1998, the groups said.
Retired Continental General Tire CEO Alan Ockene was released from Akron General Medical Center April 8, after being listed in critical condition for more than a week when his car was struck in a hit-and-skip accident in Akron.