FTS sets end date for Chinese tire recall

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Foreign Tire Sales Inc.'s recall of some 250,000 light truck tires made by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. will end on Oct. 25, says FTS owner Richard Kuskin. The recall began on Aug. 9.

Kuskin has told that his company has used video news releases, newspaper ads and its own Web site to notify customers and help them identify tires under recall.

The tires being pulled in were produced by Hangzhou between early-2004 and early-2006 and were sold under the Westlake, YKS and Compass labels.

FTS says the tires are defective because they don't contain a rubber gum strip. Hangzhou maintains the tires are fine and claims "the factual basis for FTS' defect determination is highly questionable and unclear at best."

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