September 27, 2000 |
Shock absorbers on Ford Explorers may have gouged Bridgestone/Firestone tires and caused blowouts, the chief of Venezuela's consumer protection agency testified. A Ford spokesman denied the claim. "We have [an accident-damaged Explorer] in which the tires were making contact with a mechanical part and that mechanical part is [part of] the shock absorbers Ford has been changing," Samuel Ruh said during a Venezuelan congressional hearing in Caracas on accidents there involving Ford Explorers.
May 6, 2001 |
An Air France Concorde touched down in Paris on a new type of tire designed to resist ruptures like one that may have contributed to last year's crash. The needle-nosed jet flew at subsonic speed without passengers from an air base near Marseilles and landed at the Orly airport. Investigators hope that tests that began Jan. 18 will help determine the precise cause of the July 25 crash of an Air France Concorde.
February 27, 2003 |
A U.S. grand jury is conducting an investigation related to Bridgestone Corp. tires that are linked to deaths and injuries involving Ford Explorers, according to a subpoena obtained by Bloomberg News. Miriam F. Miquelon, a U.S. attorney in Illinois, subpoenaed documents from lawyers suing Bridgestone, the world's second- largest tire maker, and Ford Motor Co. on behalf of alleged victims, the subpoena shows.
June 27, 2002 |
Three consumer advocacy groups sued to overturn a U.S. rule that gives auto makers a choice in how they meet a requirement to install tire-pressure monitors in all vehicles, saying it allows "an inferior system." Public Citizen, the Center for Auto Safety and the New York Public Interest Research Group filed a petition against the Transportation Department in U.S. appeals court in New York. The rule issued in May is arbitrary because it lets companies such as General Motors Corp.
February 7, 2008 |
The Commerce Department on Wednesday set preliminary anti-dumping duties of as much as 210% on millions of off-road tires from China that it said were being sold in the United States at unfairly low prices. The tires were the sixth Chinese product to be hit with U.S. anti-dumping duties since the start of the year. The others include nails, certain steel pipe, a teeth-whitening ingredient and laminated woven sacks used to package items such as dog food and bird seed.
November 7, 2000 |
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for more than four years has been quietly replacing thousands of failed tires fitted on vans, light trucks and sport-utility vehicles and writing checks to customers, but only for those who complain, according to tire dealers and consumers.
July 22, 2006 |
Six years after dozens of motorists were killed in rollovers linked to defective tires, the manufacturer said it would again contact owners to try to bring in the remaining 200,000 tires that may still be on the road. Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, the Nashville-based subsidiary of Japan's Bridgestone Corp., said it would ask registered owners of Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer and Mazda Navajo sport utility vehicles to check for the recalled tires.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1998 |
Residents can bring their used tires for recycling to the City Corporation Yard today. Up to four tires per resident will be accepted. Tires must be removed from wheel rims. The rubber will be recycled into playground mats, asphalt, carpet padding, soaker hoses, doormats and other products. The Costa Mesa Sanitary District, the city and the Orange County Conservation Corps are sponsoring the event. Funding comes from the California Integrated Waste Management Board.
August 1, 2007 |
The Commerce Department said it would investigate charges that Chinese off-road tire producers were selling their products in the U.S. market at below fair market prices. The department said it would also investigate whether government subsidies allowed Chinese producers to sell the off-road tires at an unfair discount.
January 24, 1985 |
The pop of punctured tires and the hiss of escaping air have become common sounds at the corner of Santa Monica and Sawtelle boulevards in West Los Angeles. More than 50 cars have fallen victim to a row of steel tire shredders aimed at stopping them from exiting the Key Shopping Center parking lot onto busy Sawtelle Boulevard. Angry customers say the spikes are improperly marked and they have asked the owner, Key Centers Inc. of Canoga Park, to pay for their new tires.