Grateful to POW war vet
I enjoyed the article, ``Not too bad...for a dead guy,'' in the July 16 issue of Tire Business.
How important it was for the tire industry and for that family to keep their business in working order even though they thought they had lost a son.
I would like to thank the subject of that article, Pete Calabro of Calabro Tire in Pittsburgh, for having served as a veteran of our foreign wars and a POW.
Thanks also to Peggy Fisher for her column, ``Maintain health of impact wrench,'' in the same issue. I hung it on our bulletin board for employees to read and hopefully heed regarding what should be done to keep our impacts working properly.
Ford tire recall wasteful
I have been in the tire business 30 years and am appalled by Ford Motor Co.'s recalling an estimated 13 million Firestone Wilderness ATs on top of the 6.5 million tires Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. replaced last year.
>From the point of view of a business owner, Ford's current tire replacement program is terrific for sales. But, as an individual who hates wastefulness, I think it's insulting to the hard workers at Bridgestone/Firestone to have their quality products thrown in the garbage and not utilized to the fullest extent merely because of Ford's attempt to steer guilt away from itself.
Everyone in the tire industry knows there's nothing wrong with those tires and that if the proper air pressure had been maintained, many people who died (in tire-related rollover accidents) would be alive today.
And now they're removing tires from vehicles on which there never was a problem. For example, I don't remember hearing about Ford Expeditions turning over as a result of a tire tread separation.
Isn't it a shame all the hard work that went into producing those tires is getting treated in such a fashion?
If the tire manufacturer is at fault in any way, it was in allowing Ford to recommend 26 psi inflation pressure for those tires.
Bridgestone/Firestone should have told Ford: ``It's 35 psi or we won't sell you any more tires.''
In closing, I have to tell about a conversation I had while playing golf with somebody outside the tire industry. We got into a discussion about the Firestone tire recall and the fellow made a very profound statement.
He said motor vehicles should be sufficiently designed not to turn over just because a tire blows.
Not bad huh?
President, Giant Tire & Auto Care, Margate, Fla.
Dealer apathy story hit home
The article, ``Don't let apathy kill us'' in the Aug. 27 issue, hit home with us. The plight of tire industry associations is well known by all of us who work in the field.
We are always amazed at the lack of interest in the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) by retreaders who have the most to gain by our efforts.
Although we are constantly defending the retread industry against attacks by uninformed individuals and organizations, and we have the world's busiest Web site devoted to retreading-with nearly 40,000 visitors annually-we get a big yawn from most retreaders when we ask for their support.
Except of course when trouble strikes in their own backyard. Then it's easy to sign a new member. Too bad it has to be that way, but it always has been and probably always will be.
Finally, we do want to thank the hundreds of loyal TRIB members worldwide who do realize how important our work is, and have been supporting us for years.
Managing director, Tire Retread Information Bureau, Pacific Grove, Calif.