Foreign Tire Sales (FTS) Inc. recovered about 7,000 of the estimated 255,000 Chinese-made light truck tires involved in a safety recall begun in August, according to a company spokesman.
``With all the work we did, we figured there would be a bigger response,'' said the spokesman. He noted that the satellite video release on the recall alone reached 41 million people, not to mention the 14 quarter-page newspaper ads and a number of YouTube postings.
The recall officially ended Oct. 25 after 75 days-15 days longer than the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires for a recall. But FTS will continue to take back tires as long as they can find them, the spokesman said.
NHTSA ordered the recall this past summer after FTS told the agency that the light truck tires manufactured by China's Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. lacked the gum strips they needed for proper belt adhesion. In September, NHTSA signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese government to work together to prevent the distribution of defective automotive parts.