In response to a huge defective tire recall over the summer the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has signed an agreement with the Chinese government about auto safety. The agreement will allow the NHTSA to go directly to the Chinese government to help in dealing with the manufacturer. A large number of defective tires that were made in China were recalled this year.
In June, NHTSA ordered a U.S. importer, Foreign Tire Sales Inc., to recall as many as 450,000 tires it had bought from Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co.
The Union, N.J.-based importer initially said it did not have the financial resources to conduct a full recall, but then announced in August that it would recall 255,000 tires.
The recall involved steel-belted radial replacement tires for pickups, vans and sport utility vehicles that consumers bought from early 2004 through mid-2006. The tires were recalled because they lacked a safety feature that prevents tread separation.
The agreement will hopefully bring about safer products made in China and imported into the United States.