Newark, NJ (AP) -- Federal Safety officials have ordered a tiny tire importer in New Jersey to recall as many as 450,000 tires that it bought from a Chinese manufacturer and sold to U.S. distributors.
Foreign tire sales says an unknown number of the light truck radials it's imported since 2002 could suffer tread separation.
FTS believes some of the tires may have been made without a safety feature, called a gum strip, which helps bind the belts of a tire to each other.
According to the company, the tires at issue were sold under at least four brand names -- Westlake, Compass, Telluride and YKS -- in these sizes: LT235/75R-15; LT225/75R-16; LT235/85R-16; LT245/75R-16; LT265/75R-16; and LT3X10.5-15.
FTS has been sued by the families of two men killed when a van they were riding in crashed last year. Also suing are the driver and passenger in the van.