All offshore stems not equal
We read with interest Peggy Fisher's June 18 column, ``More to (the) lowly valve stem than meets the eye.''
Some of the points she made about offshore valve stems are: 1) That their quality can vary from shipment to shipment; 2) That they lack adherence to S.A.E. standards for ozone- and aging-resistance; 3) That no company name or part number may be seen on the stem; and 4) That they carry no product liability insurance coverage for the protection of the installer.
We are a U.S.-based company with its factory in China. We've manufactured valve stems for customers in North America for more than 10 years.
We do care about the quality of our stems-so much so that our premium stems are inspected and assembled in our warehouse here in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Even our standard stem receives the U.S. inspection. All the grommets are EPDM (while high-temp silicone is available) and the ``O'' rings are high-temp silicone.
Quality does not vary from one shipment to the next because of the rigid standards set by our company. (We are ISO certified #0101087.)
You will find a part number and the letters ``AB'' (our stem logo) appearing on all our stems.
The Akron Rubber Development Laboratory performs ozone and aging testing of our snap-in valve stems based on SAE J1206 test specifications.
The point I want to make is that I basically agree with Ms. Fisher. However, whereas most of the offshore suppliers may not meet these standards, let's not lump all offshore valve stems into the same category. We at BEICO are providing high-quality stems to our customers, and we carry a $2 million product liability policy from a U.S.-based carrier.
National sales manager
Best International Business Group Corp.
Huntington Beach, Calif.
I am writing in response to an article published on Tire Business' Web site under the headline: ``Ford, Michelin and their dealers settle rollover suit.''
This is garbage. The Ford Explorer is so prone to a rollover that it is the only vehicle in the world for which not only the tire size is specified, but also the tire type, i.e. all-terrain and not all-season.
To know this you need to have studied the footnotes in a tire fitment guide. But not noticing it could cost you $3 million (as it did for the tire dealership in question, Cassidy Tire & Service in Chicago).
It's time tire dealers and all tire manufacturers demand that Ford Motor Co. accept responsibility for its Explorer and not pass the expenses of a faulty vehicle design on to tire dealers and tire manufacturers.
Robert G. Hepp
University Wholesalers Inc.
Global tire report lauded
Special Projects Reporter Bruce Davis is to be congratulated for his tireless patience and hard work in compiling the ``Global Tire Report'' in TB's Aug. 27 issue.
What a bonus to an already great publication!
Vice president, marketing