Recall start date to be pushed back, says Foreign Tire Sales

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A spokesman for Foreign Tire Sales Inc. (FTS) says the company is meeting with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today, July 13, to get feedback about its proposed recall plan. Due to on-going discussions, the recall, which FTS wanted to launch on July 16, "will be pushed back at least a week, if not more."

The spokesman says "NHTSA wants to make sure it covers all the bases."

Last week, FTS submitted its plan to recall up to 450,000 allegedly defective light truck radials manufactured by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. (Hangzhou says the tires in question met or exceeded existing U.S. standards.)

FTS' spokesman told that the Union, N.J.-based importer "will follow all the regulations and rules" governing recalls, even though "if we go ahead with the entirety of the recall, it could put us out of business."

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