Commercial Business

Illegal Gladiator LT and ST tires fail customs

Posted on July 8, 2014

American Pacific Industries Inc. (API), the exclusive distributor of Gladiator tires globally, is recalling 761 Gladiator brand LT and trailer tires (ST) of various sizes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the tires did not pass quality control and are deemed to be unsafe for road service.

"These were contraband tires shipped to the U.S. illegally," says Jeff Kreitzman, CEO of API. "They never cleared customs. They were scrap tires. We don't even know where they came from.

"As scrap tires, they were never supposed to be in service. But because it was a recall of sorts, and the Gladiator name was on the tire, the DOT required us to voluntarily recall the tires."

All the scrap tires were captured and quarantined at the U.S. border and will be destroyed.

For more information, the NHTSA campaign ID number is 14T005.

Related Topics: API, DOT, NHTSA, tire recall, trailer tires

Comments ( 3 )
  • rob presson

     | about 11 months ago

    i have had several Gladiator QR 55 , 17.5 tires come apart, with very low mileage, i will not be buying another set of gladiator tires, all my tires are under warranty, and they have replaced the ones that the cap has came off of, but there is still the inconvenience of being on the side of the road, and the replacement and paying for the mount and balance does not make up for the feeling of insecurity. i have 8 of thees tires on the ground, and i am constantly looking them over to see when and where i will be broke down again. have been working with their office in Dallas Texas, but negative results. Buyer Be ware, these tires came on my new trailer, i did not pick them. and i am stuck with them, they are probably the most unreliable tire i have ever seen in my 40 years of driving.

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