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Toyo Tire Recall

Wholesale tire distributors and tire retailers should pay attention to the latest recall from Toyo, which has just been government-mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Luckily the safety recall affects less than 5,000 Toyo and Nitto brand tires. The reason for the recall? These tires were made with an out-of-spec rubber compound that may fail, causing tread sections to detach and lead to loss of control or a crash. The tires being recalled were manufactured at the Sendai plant in Japan during a 2-week period in September 2010. Toyo officials estimate that 588 tires were made with the faulty rubber compound.

Ther following P-metric and metric sizes are included in this safety recall campaign, depending on the DOT Serial number.

Toyo Versado CUV: P245/55R19 103T, P235/55R20 102T, 235/55R18 100V, P255/65R18 109S.

Toyo Versado LX II: 215/60R16 95V.

Toyo Open Country A/T: LT285/70R17 121S.

Toyo Tourevo LS II: 245/45R18 96V.

Nitto Terra Grappler: 255/55R18 109S.

If you own these Toyo tires, inspect them to make sure that they are not affected by this recall. If you are not sure how to perform the inspection, take them to a local tire dealer or tire wholesaler.

Any customers affected by the recall will receive free replacement tires as well as coverage for all expenses related to mounting and balancing the replacements.

 

Filed under: Tire News, Tire Recalls, Tire Safety, Toyo Tires

Winter weather isn’t letting up – are your snow tires on yet?

wholesale snow tires

The northeastern United States has been positively walloped by snow in the last month, receiving yet another generous helping of the white stuff last night and this morning. For those unlucky enough to have to continue in to work or school, commuting can be extremely dangerous and stressful.

Most original equipment tires are simply not intended to handle snow. If you’re travelling often despite this inclement weather, it really makes sense to invest in some good snow tires. Wholesale snow tires can be stored in your garage during the spring, summer, and fall, and then can be installed inexpensively at your local auto shop when the temperatures start to dip.

So what makes snow tires so special? Most importantly, snow tires have special tread designs that bite into snow and ice. This type of tread design is unnecessary (not to mention noisy) during normal driving conditions, but it provides much-needed traction in the snow. In addition to this special tread design, snow tires are made with a softer rubber compound that that conform to the surface well in low temperatures. Compare that to the harder rubbers used in standard all-season tires, which don’t offer that same flexibility and pliancy.

And remember, if you’re going to put snow tires on your car, make sure to put them in all four wheel positions! Putting them on just the front or just the back negates all of their benefits, and may actually make it harder for you to steer and handle your car.

Be safe out there, and be prepared!

Filed under: Tire Safety

1 out of every 9 drivers running on bald tires

 

A new RMA survey that monitored 7,000 vehicles found that almost 11% of drivers are riding on at least one bald tire.

When it comes to tires, bald is definitely not beautiful. In a study that should be distributed far and wide in the wake of announcing the dates for 2010 Tire Safety Week, a new RMA survey found that at least 11% of motorists in the U.S. are driving on at least one bald tire.

Rubber Manufacturers Association CEO Charles Cannon speculates that the global economy could be at least partly responsible for the surprising survey results: “In this bad economy, drivers may be delaying necessary vehicle maintenance to save costs. But that delay may cost you more dearly if worn-out tires lead to a crash with injuries or fatalities.”

Driving on worn tires is especially dangerous during this time of the year, when wet or icy road surfaces pose even greater difficulties for worn tires that are past their functional prime. Bald tires are susceptible to losing grip on the road on wet roads, causing hydroplaning and loss of control that can easily lead to a crash. Hydroplaning is a dangerous occurence that involves the vehicle riding on a thin film of water, not the actual road surface. Bald tires that can’t efficiently move water can hydroplane quite easily.

The RMA urges motorists to monitor the tread depth on their tires to make sure it is always above the legal 2/32 inch. In addition to checking tire tread, drivers should also keep an eye on tire inflation. Bald and underinflated tires are a recipe for disaster for you and everyone you share the nation’s roads with.

Recommended reading: How To Properly Maintain Your Tires.

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