TRENTON, N.J. -Today Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes warned consumers in Mercer County about circulation of an estimated 450,000 allegedly defective tires from China, and urged residents to check for the recalled tires on their vehicles.
"It's very important that everyone check their tires immediately to ensure that they are not at risk for blowouts or other serious problems," said the County Executive. "When you drive with defective tires, you endanger not only yourself, but also everyone else on the road."
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and Office of the Attorney General are working with other states and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to conduct a cooperative investigation of this matter. NHTSA has already ordered a nationwide recall of all potentially affected tires.
Tire distribution company FTS stated that purchasing of the defective tires ceased after June of 2006. According to FTS officials, approximately 14,000 tires potentially involved in the recall were sent to tire sales locations in New Jersey.
Hughes noted that since this week is Safety in the Home and Community week all across the nation, "it's an ideal time for residents to check their tires and replace them if necessary."
Affected tires may bear the following brand names: Westlake, Telluride, Compass and YKS. The affected tire sizes include:
Residents whose vehicles are equipped with these tires should contact FTS immediately at (800) 634-8335. Affected consumers can also visit www.foreigntire.com for detailed information about the recall and an 800 number specifically dedicated to questions concerning the defective tires. Consumers who suspect that their vehicles are equipped with defective tires should see a qualified automotive professional to confirm the defective model, and also keep the tires and any related documentation in support of their recall claim.