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Foreign Tire Sales Inc.'s (FTS) recall of allegedly defective light truck tires built by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. has ended with the Union, N.J.-based importer having collected nearly 8,000 units, according to Richard Kuskin, the company's owner.

The recall officially ended on Oct. 25 and has satisfied federal requirements, says Kuskin.

However, he adds FTS will continue to take in tires that qualify. Costs incurred by FTS due to its recall action total "somewhere in the range of $1.5 million."

FTS' recall of the Chinese-made tires launched in August. The tires under recall were produced by Hangzhou between early-2004 and early-2006. They were sold under the Westlake, YKS and Compass labels.

FTS says the tires are defective because they don't contain a rubber gum strip.

Kuskin says his company has found replacement manufacturers for some of the lines previously made by Hangzhou.

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