Firms announce tire, wheel recalls
WASHINGTON-Two companies have announced recalls involving trailer wheels and tire valves.
Hyundai Truck America is recalling 1,401 Hyundai LD15 Bering 4x2 trucks, model year 2000, to replace snap-in tire valve stems that could leak air.
Also, Hayes Lemmerz is recalling 40,000 trailer wheels manufactured between September 2001 and February 2002 to replace labels that advise tire technicians to torque wheel nuts to the wrong tolerance, which in turn could deform the mounting area of the wheel and cause the wheel to come off in operation, the company said.
Warrantech, Monro launch warranty
BEDFORD, Texas-Warrantech Corp., a provider of service contracts and aftermarket warranties, and Monro Muffler Brake Inc. have introduced a retailer warranty program.
The direct marketing solicitation program is targeting consumers who have recently visited Monro service shops. Customers whose vehicles' mileage does not exceed 110,000 miles will be offered renewable service contract protection against mechanical failures, the companies said.
Monro, one of the largest providers of automotive undercar repair services in the mid-eastern U.S., operates about 550 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Rhode Island, Delaware and Michigan.
Warrantech Corp., based in Stamford, Conn., administers and markets service contracts and aftermarket warranties on automobiles, automotive components, recreational vehicles, appliances, consumer electronics, homes, computers and computer peripherals for retailers, distributors and manufacturers.
TIA offers online VIP appointments
RESTON, Va.-The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is offering attendees the chance to set up VIP buying hour appointments online to meet with exhibitors during the World Tire Expo.
The World Tire Expo, being held in Louisville, Ky., March 26-29, is dedicated to the commercial tire, tire retreading/repairing, and tire and rubber recycling markets.
Ross Kogel, former TIA executive vice president, said about 85 exhibitors have signed up so far, 20 percent of which are new to the expo. TIA said it expects this year's show to have more first-time exhibitors than past shows.
The expo will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville.
Online registration is now available for expo events and housing, TIA said, and registering online offers up to a 50-percent discount on some special events. For details, click on www.worldtireexpo.org.
Hercules adds tire, dealer program
FINDLAY, Ohio-Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. has added a new medium truck tire line and a branded tube program for its dealers.
Findlay-based Hercules said it has supplemented its ``S'' Series radial medium truck tire line with the addition of the S-209. Described as a shallow tread design, the S-209 is currently available in size 225/70R19.5 in 12 ply and will come in size 245/70R19.5 in 14 ply in the spring, the company said.
The tread pattern is designed for long mileage and resistance to irregular wear, Hercules said.
The company also added to its line of branded suppliers Tube & Solid Tire Ltd. of San Antonio, Texas, which markets the Dobermann tube and solid pneumatic tire programs and a variety of radial and bias tubes ``at a competitive price,'' according to Hercules.
Judge remands Steeltex suit
LOS ANGELES-A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles has remanded a national class action lawsuit against Bridgestone/Firestone and Bridgestone Corp. to the California state court system, rejecting a motion by BFS to have the case heard in federal court.
BFS said that while it disagreed with Judge Christina A. Snyder's decision, it is prepared to defend itself in the state court system and would pursue its motion to have the case dismissed altogether. BFS had sought to move the trial to federal court, where it had petitioned the judge to have Bridgestone Corp. dropped from the suit, and secondly to have the case dismissed altogether.
The suit was brought originally by Pasadena, Calif.-based Lisoni & Lisoni on Aug. 13, charging that the Steeltex tire series is defective and prone to tread separations that allegedly have resulted in thousands of accidents causing deaths, injuries and property damage.
Specifically, BFS and its parent, Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corp., are charged with fraudulent concealment, deceptive practices, violation of unfair practices act, strict liability, negligence and breach of warranty.