Published on January 29, 2007 @ 6:00am EST

Letter: Young people needed

AKRON (Jan. 29, 2007) —

Young people needed

Thanks for running Dean Smith's Op-Ed article “'Catch 22' for retreading?” in the Jan. 1 issue of Tire Business.

Dean is a good member of the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) and is one of the most knowledgeable people I know when it comes to problem solving for retreaders. However, I'm really writing this because Dean has a very interesting philosophical take on the retreading industry, and he also has a true passion for good quality. His concern about a dearth of qualified young people coming into our industry should be a concern to all of us.

A year or so ago, TRIB undertook a project to help retreaders find young people to come into our industry. I was especially interested because I attended a vocational high school many years ago, and it proved to be a very valuable experience. Unfortunately, due to a lack of funds and personnel, we had to put the project on the back burner.

But I am happy to announce that thanks to Dean, we will make the commitment to proceed with the project during 2007.

To all of your readers who have an interest in this project, please contact us and let's talk about it. For all others who just want to watch and see what we do, keep reading Tire Business.

Harvey Brodsky

Managing director

Tire Retread Information Bureau

Pacific Grove, Calif.

Tires, AWD an issue

We are seeing so many all-wheel-drive (AWD) passenger vehicles that the replacement of one, two or three tires is becoming a liability issue, and very little consistent information from either the auto makers or the industry is available.

Certain vehicle manufacturers, such as Volvo Car Corp., have sent out bulletins to their dealers warning them of tire replacements on their AWD vehicles and the risk of possible damage to the transmission and other drive train components if four tires are not replaced at the same time. I have also heard that General Motors Corp. has some service bulletins on the same issue for their sport-utility vehicles.

The consumer does not like to hear that a vehicle with 16,000 miles needs all four tires replaced because one tire has failed.

Those of us offering road hazard policies are in a tough position. I know that common sense has always told us to replace tires in pairs and put the best on the rear, but I think the rules are changing—with little or no guidance or rules to go by.

I would very much appreciate seeing some articles and opinions on this topic. Very much like tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) and service codes, the car manufacturers are leaving us in the dark.

I can imagine that an attorney would have some fun with this one if and when a transmission fails because of improper tire matching.

Barry Steinberg


Direct Tire & Auto Service


Door tags wrong?

I always thought the tire size specified on the door tag on a vehicle was the original equipment-fitted size, which was the proper “legal” minimum size on a car or truck.

Why does DaimlerChrysler Group often seem to use the wrong tag on its Jeep and Dodge trucks?

John Stickley

Store manager

Whitehall Tires for Less



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