Recent reports indicated that Kumho Tire issued a recall for a series of tires after the company noted that certain components presented holes that had been drilled in the tread.
The reports showed that the company had to issue a recall after it learned that the tires it sent for disposal to Liberty Tires had been made available to consumers at used tire stores. At least 7,875 tires affected by this recall were sold to consumers who own passenger cars. The company recalled the affected tires mainly because it was noted that the sidewall could crack, which could lead to a loss of air. The tires were then sent to Liberty Tire with three holes drilled in the tread demonstrating that the tires should be destroyed, however, the company resold most of the defective products.
Some believe that this issue demonstrates that companies must be aware they should destroy defective tires as soon as possible and avoid having a third party company doing most of the work for them. The creator of a device known as CompacTire was asked to comment on this recall and the situation that the tire company is now experiencing. He quickly pointed out that if a company like Kumho Tire had used CompacTire, the defective tires would have been pressed and stapled in order to prevent another company from trying to resell it.
The technology is capable of flattening the tire enough to hold it in position until steel nails are placed in order to function as staples.
This device helps the company to make tires compact, making the transportation of the products a much easier task to be carried out. It can also help the company to save in transportation costs. According to the news, companies that manufacture the tired are liable when the tires that are defective are not destroyed and resold or when tires that have reached the end of its useful life are simply recycled and sold to consumers as used but functional tires.
The RMA has issued a Tire Information Service Bulletin that is available to consumers since 2007. You may learn more about the negative factors associated with used tire conditions by reading this bulletin.
You can follow this link to read the full article and learn more about this tire recall and how it has affected countless consumers. Hopefully, other companies will work hard to avoid similar problems in the future.