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Giti Tire to Recall 400,000 Tires


Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. is recalling certain Primewell Valera Touring II replacement passenger car tires in six sizes. The potential number of units affected is 394,378.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation, the affected tires may develop cracks in the lower sidewall, potentially resulting in a loss of air. “A loss of air pressure may result in sudden tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.”

The sizes being recalled are: 185/65R14 86H, 195/60R15 88H, 205/55R16 91H, 205/60R16 92V, 215/60R17 96H and 235/60R17 102T.

The NHTSA Recall ID Number is 17T013. This is the second recall of certain Primewell Valera Touring II sizes.

Owners of the recalled tires will be notified by mail about the recall and will be directed to go to the retailer where the tires were purchased for a free replacement. Giti will replace tires as follows: If one or two tires were purchased, two tires will be replaced; if three or four tires were purchased, four tires will be replaced.

A toll free number (877-342-0882) has been established to handle inquiries. Additionally, owners can send an email to Primewell-recall@us.giti.com, or visit http://recall.primewell-us.com/ for more information.

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Sentury and Giti Tire Manufacturers Explain Why Chinese Tariffs Were ill Advised

In the wake of the preliminary determination by the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) to impose additional tariffs on consumer tire imports from China, two companies have openly expressed their disappointment in the decision. In separate official statements, Sentury Tire Americas and GITI Tire (USA) Ltd., the marketing arms of Chinese companies Qingdao Sentury Tire Co. Ltd. and Giti Tire Group, respectively, outlined why they believe the recent decision was ill-advised.
“While we are disappointed with this decision, Sentury Tire is committed to delivering high quality tires at an affordable price,” said Maxwell Wee, director of sales. “We are moving ahead with our new expanded Miami, Fla., warehouse and office complex in January 2015, and will be unveiling new programs and products to support our Delinte and Landsail brands, including the introduction of some exciting new all-terrain and mud-terrain tires.

“Unfortunately, we feel this action penalizes tire customers who have come to depend on our competitively priced tires that meet all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

“Sentury Tire will do all that’s humanly possible to maintain a program that works for our tire distributors and dealers. We have worked hard at establishing relationships with our customers, and we will continue to deliver high quality tires and high standards for fill rate and product availability,” added Wee.

While Sentury Tire’s passenger and light truck tires will be taxed an additional 15.69%, GITI Tire (Fujian) Co. Ltd. and certain GITI cross-owned companies will be taxed 17.69%. (All consumer tires imported from China already are taxed 4% when they cross U.S. borders.)

“Giti Tire is very disappointed with the Department’s preliminary determination,” said the company. “Giti is a private company which believes in free-market practices and competes fairly in the global tire arena. The company’s success is attributed to free trade and fair competition as demonstrated by its successful sales in more than 100 countries in a highly-competitive global tire industry.

“Giti believes that these preliminary duties do not reflect its actual circumstance. The company is seeking clarification from the department on its calculation and will continue to work with the department between now and the issuance of the final determination to ensure that Giti Tire’s actual circumstance is properly reflected in the department’s calculation.

“Giti Tire has a long-term commitment to the U.S. market, its customers, the American consumer and its American workforce. On June 16, 2014, Giti announced that it will invest more than $560 million to build a manufacturing facility to serve the U.S. market, creating 1,700 jobs in South Carolina. The company asserts this demonstrates a sustained and significant commitment to the U.S., with no intention to harm the tire industry in the United States.”

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Tire Manufacturers Defining Touring Tires

When it comes to designing touring tires, auto manufacturers drive the trends. But what is a touring tire, exactly? Tire manufacturers have differing points of view on categorizing this evolving tire segment.

Anant Gandhi, product manager, Bridgestone: A touring tire provides users with balanced handling along with a quiet, comfortable ride and good tread wear. The majority of touring tires sold in North America are all-season tires, which also offer an acceptable level of light snow traction. Recently, there has been more emphasis placed on improved fuel efficiency without any other performance trade-offs. I expect this trend to continue over the next few years.

Joe Maher, passenger and winter tire product manager, Continental: There is no standard definition of touring tires. The most common definition is “touring tires are for drivers who prefer long wear, a smooth quiet ride and predictable handling.” Touring tires are most commonly S or T speed rated (with) aspect ratios 60 series and higher. Most touring tires in the U.S. are all-season for use in light snow conditions.

Scott Jamieson, director of product management, Cooper: The basic definition of a touring tire is a tire designed to provide a smooth, quiet, comfortable ride with all-season capability. A touring tire generally provides an equal balance of performance for drivers and driving habits. A touring tire will not necessarily target one specific area of performance, such as maximum dry cornering grip like a UHP tire. I don’t anticipate the definition of a touring tire will change, but some of the performance expectations may change, such as the speed rating. Traditionally, it was believed that only T-rated tires were considered touring, but as the performance of touring vehicles has evolved, so has the high speed requirements.

Rick Brennan, executive director of product strategy, Falken: Touring has been a catch-all category for anything that wasn’t a performance tire. If it didn’t have a directional tread and it wasn’t a wild and crazy tread pattern, then it fit into the touring tire category. Everything now is either a touring tire or a performance tire, in reality. When you stop and look at tread designs, you can look at tires being sold as touring tires that aren’t a traditional straight rib. Touring today is anything that people are going to mount on their cars, use every day, and expect long mileage, good ride comfort and low noise.

David Shelton, director of product marketing, GITI: The touring tire has definitely changed over the past few years and will continue to shift in the future. Historically, this category was one focusing on comfort, and the tires were S or T speed rated. The key was ride comfort, low noise and good uniformity to provide vehicle occupants with a nice highway cruise and long tire life for the owner. Today and for the future, more and more vehicles are using H- and V-rated tires, yet the consumers still expect a quiet comfortable ride. They expect a balance of performance plus ride, comfort and mileage.

Mike Markoff, category manager, high performance tires, Goodyear: The industry defines a touring tire as a tire with design emphasis on driver comforts such as ride and noise.
Good handling is present, but not expected to be the primary attribute. In some cases, the traditional touring tire is being challenged to perform more like a sport tire while not sacrificing the noise and ride comfort.

Shawn Denlein, senior vice president of sales, Hankook: The RMA defines “touring” as a tire that focuses on comfort and ride performance and has an S or T speed rating. This definition will most likely change in the coming years. Touring tires are typically what have been provided as OE fitments in the past.

Bob Phoenix, vice president of automotive sales, Kenda: A touring tire is a step up from a traditional passenger radial tire in comfort or performance, or both. Whether the definition of a touring tire changes or remains the same, touring tires will continually evolve.

John Mosby, product planning coordinator, Kumho: A touring tire is one that combines sporty handling with a high level of ride comfort, low noise and long mileage. It is a well-rounded tire that performs in all areas rather than excelling in any one area while lacking in others.

Scott Slemmons, senior sales representative, Maxxis: A touring tire is a premium tire designed to provide longer tread life, combined with a smooth quiet ride. Most touring tires are all-season rated, which provides improved wet and dry road traction. The definition should remain the same, although there are now tires on the market being called “super touring” and “grand touring” that generally have better high performance characteristics than a traditional touring tire.

Jim Knowles, original equipment expert, Michelin: Touring tires typically have a lower profile and wider tread than prior generation standard-type tires. They are primarily designed to provide improved handling without any appreciable loss of the ride comfort qualities typical of standard tires.

Kyle Roberts, director of marketing, Nexen: A touring tire is typically constructed to maximize comfort and keep noise levels low. Recently, we have seen the expectation of touring tires trend towards higher mileage, and we expect this trend to continue for the next few years.

Stephen Ewing, business intelligence manager, Pirelli: A touring tire is one that is focused on providing the highest level of ride comfort and the most mileage rather than focusing primarily on performance attributes.

Maxwell Wee, director of sales, Sentury: Touring tires fill the gap between standard PCR and UHP tires. Touring tires are generally wider (the tread) and have a lower profile, plus a higher speed rating, than PCR but offer a smoother ride, are quieter and offer more comfort than UHP tires.

Robert Abram, product planning manager, Yokohama: Touring tires have a design meant to blend the handling and sporty feel of a performance tire with the comfort and tread life of a passenger tire. A dramatic change from that base definition isn’t expected, but as the touring market has evolved into higher speed ratings, terms like grand touring or performance touring have been used to describe touring tires where the aforementioned blend of performance and comfort leans more toward the performance side. Our Avid Ascend is a great example. We tackled performance and mileage with our optimized orange oil compound, as well as addressed more performance oriented fitments with a richer mix of H- and V-rated sizes and lower profiles.
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