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FTS reports non-compliance of some truck tires

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Foreign Tire Sales Inc. (FTS), importer of record for ProMeter brand medium truck tires made by Shandlong Linglong Rubber Co., has determined that certain tires built between the 15th week of 2008 and the 22nd week of 2009 do not fully comply with certain contents of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 119.

FTS, which is based in New Jersey, describes non-compliance as failure to provide accurate load and inflation information as required by the standard, which governs medium truck tires.

FTS has petitioned for an exemption from notification and remedy requirements outlined in one of the standard's paragraphs "on the basis that this non-compliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety," according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials.

The tires in question total approximately 2,659 size 285/75R24.5 14-ply steer and drive and size 295/75R22.5 14-ply steer and drive ProMeter brand radial medium truck tires. Department of Transportation numbers for each size are as follows:

* 285/75R24.5 (OU4CFTS1508-OU4CFT2209)

* 295/75R22.5 (OU34FTS1508-OU34FTS2209)

FTS sold these tires to 11 customers, who are distributors. Three of the 11 have not sold any of the tires to their customers.

The company says it has asked Shandlong to "hold any additional non-conforming tires and to change the inaccurate information before exporting them to the United States."

FTS is asking NHTSA to deem the issue as a case of "incidental mislabeling, and that it has no bearing on the safety of the tires."

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