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RECALL ALERT!


RECALL Subject : Improper Adhesion on Belt Package

Report Receipt Date: OCT 05, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16T016000
Component(s): TIRES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14,567


Manufacturer: Continental Tire the Americas, LLC.

SUMMARY:

Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (Continental) is recalling certain Crosscontact LX20 tires, size P275/55R20 111S, manufactured May 3, 2015, to May 9, 2015. The tires, sold as replacement tires as well as original equipment on certain General Motors full size trucks and SUVs, may have insufficient adhesion within the belt package, resulting in tread wear, vibration, noise, or bulging areas on the tire.
CONSEQUENCE:
The insufficient adhesion can cause partial or full tread/belt loss, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Continental will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Continental customer service at 1-888-799-2168.

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Recall Alert: GITI Primewell Valera Touring II tires

RECALL Subject : Sidewall Cracks may cause Loss of Air Pressure

Report Receipt Date: OCT 06, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16T017000
Component(s): TIRES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 250,620


Manufacturer: GITI Tire (USA) Ltd.

SUMMARY:
GITI Tire (USA) Ltd. (GITI) is recalling certain imported Primewell Valera Touring II tires, sizes 205/50R17 93V XL, 215/50R17 95V XL, 225/50R17 94V, 225/50R18 95T, and 205/65R16 95H, GT Radial Champiro Touring A/S tires, sizes 205/50R17 93V XL, 215/50R17 95V XL, 225/50R17 94V, 205/65R16 95H, and 225/50R18 95T, and Dextero Touring DTR1 tires, sizes 205/50R17 93V XL, 215/50R17 95V XL, 225/50R17 94V, manufactured by PT. Gajah Tunggal TBK in Indonesia. The affected replacement passenger car tires may develop cracks in the lower sidewall, potentially resulting in a loss of air.
CONSEQUENCE:
A loss of air pressure may result in sudden tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
GITI will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2016. Owners may contact GITI customer service at 1-877-342-0882.

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Off Road Evolution in Fullerton, CA builds 4X4 monsters, and their Jeep Wrangler JK, EVO1, is a crowning achievement. See what this thing can do and what it takes to be the toughest on the planet.

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Continental Completes 2 Acquisitions

Continental Completes 2 Acquisitions, Including 1 U.S. Tire Maker

October 4, 2016

Continental AG is acquiring Hoosier Racing Tire Corp., as well as an 81% stake in Zonar Systems Inc., a fleet management company.

Financial terms of neither deal is being disclosed, Continental says.


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For the past seven years Hoosier Racing Tire, based in Lakeville, Ind., and Continental have collaborated on several technical and motorsport projects. The acquisition was completed Oct. 3, 2016.

Nikolai Setzer, executive board member for Continental’s tire business, says, “This acquisition showcases the consequent execution of our long-term growth strategy Vision 2025, characterized by strategic planning and systematic implementation of technological progress. The acquisition of Hoosier Racing Tire is an exciting next addition to our product portfolio and will support our growth strategy, especially in the ultra high performance segment."

Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tire the Americas LLC says: “Hoosier’s management team has built an impressive business. We believe Hoosier Tire is well-positioned to continue its strong growth, and we look forward to supporting that development through our complementary knowledge and extensive footprint. Hoosier’s management team will continue to run the racing tire business. We are committed to the employees, and the communities in which Hoosier operates. We look forward to the future of working together to accelerate growth.”

Hoosier Racing Tire was founded in 1957 and "has a legacy of technical product knowledge, quality manufacturing, outstanding service, and consistent performance," Continental says. The company supplies tires for most racing applications throughout the world and employs nearly 500 people.

Joyce Newton, CEO and president of Hoosier, says: “Continental and Hoosier share a similar vision for continued growth and sales excellence. Hoosier has fantastic brand recognition, a high-performing team, established customer relationships and a great lineup of products. This acquisition will provide a stronger and more sustainable organization for Hoosier moving ahead."

Joyce and her late husband Bob Newton co-founded Hoosier Racing Tire. Bob died in 2012.

The Zonar deal


Continental also is acquiring a majority stake in Zonar, a smart fleet management technology provider. Continental takes over majority ownership, about 81%, while Daimler Trucks North America LLC maintains its minority stake of about 19%.

The contract was signed on Sept. 23, 2016, and has obtained the required vote of Zonar shareholders, but remains subject to final approval of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice. The share acquisition is expected to be completed in the middle of the fourth quarter of 2016.

Zonar, headquartered in Seattle, is a technology solution provider that offers a range of fleet management offerings to public and private commercial vehicle fleets in North America. The company employs more than 300 people.

Continental says, "the two enterprises will combine their complementary strengths to become a major supplier in the sector and further expand both companies’ portfolios to offer additional smart fleet solutions to the market."

Helmut Matschi, president of the interior division and member of the executive board of Continental says,“With this move, we are further expanding our portfolio and expertise in the arena of mobility services, and fostering our regional balance by investing into a fleet management provider in the U.S. that gives us access to a broad customer base and existing sales channels."

Ian McKerlich, president of Zonar says, “It is exciting to move into a new chapter in Zonar history with the backing of a respected global brand that recognizes our need to serve our markets as a nimble, innovative, customer-focused company as we have for the past 15 years. Customers will receive the same productive partnership and innovation they have come to expect with Zonar, as well as expanded technological resources and capabilities from Continental."
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Michelin to Build Distribution Center in South Carolina

Michelin to Build Distribution Center in South Carolina

September 26, 2016


Michelin North America Inc. is building a distribution center near Spartanburg, S.C. It will house Michelin, BFGoodrich, and Uniroyal-brand tires for both passenger and commercial vehicles, and will be located near the company's seven manufacturing sites in the state.

The center represents an investment of more than $270 million. Construction is expected to begin later this year, and the first phase of the center is expected to open in late 2017.

Full construction should be complete in early 2019, the company says. The Spartanburg County Council recently provided final approval of a “fee in lieu of taxes” agreement, something Michelin labeled "a final key step" enabling the project to move forward.

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Five buildings are planned and will comprise approximately 3.3 million square feet.
The center will support distribution of tires under Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brands for passenger vehicles, heavy trucks and agriculture equipment.
Automated equipment from Swisslog Group, a subsidiary of the German firm KUKA AG, will be installed to improve efficiency, speed, and ergonomic conditions in receiving, tire selection, sequencing and shipping.

“The Spartanburg distribution facility will cap a multi-year evolution of Michelin’s distribution network in North America," says Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America. "We see it as a transformational milestone designed to better serve our customers while optimizing inventories and improving supply efficiency.

“We are grateful for the relationships we’ve enjoyed with local government leaders in Spartanburg County for more than 35 years. With additional support at the state level, these leaders have helped us advance this important project, which enables our company to meet growing customer demands for Michelin tires in multiple business segments.”

Michelin has operated a truck tire plant in Spartanburg since 1978. Other plants are located in Greenville and Lexington, S.C., and the company's North American headquarters also are located in Greenville.

“Michelin has been one of South Carolina’s most important business partners since its doors opened in Greenville County over four decades ago,” says South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. “Both our state and this fantastic company have grown tremendously over the course of this partnership, and we couldn’t be more excited to see that growth and success continue with this $270 million investment that means 350 new jobs for South Carolinians.”

The distribution center’s site is located near the intersection of S.C. Highways 101 and 417, a few miles south of I-85, with convenient access to nearby I-385 and I-26. The location puts it close to critical transportation hubs, such as the South Carolina Inland Port (rail) and the Port of Charleston.

“We have worked with Michelin over many months to secure this project in South Carolina,” says South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “An investment of this size with this number of new jobs affirms the attractive business environment South Carolina offers to respected global corporations like Michelin.”

David Britt, chairman of the Spartanburg County Council’s Economic Development Committee says, “We have worked closely with Michelin concerning multiple significant investments over 35 years, during which Michelin has established itself as a great corporate neighbor and citizen of our community.”

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New Hakkapeliitta Winter Tires

Two New Nokian Winter Tires Are Available Only At Discount Tire Stores

October 14, 2016


Discount Tire and America’s Tire stores are the only stores where consumers can buy two new Hakkapeliitta winter tires for passenger cars like the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape and Toyota Camry.

The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 and 7 SUV tires are available exclusively at Discount Tire and America’s Tire outlets or from the Discount Tire Direct website.


Reinalt-Thomas Corp., which does business as Discount Tire/America’s Tire, is offering the tires through a partnership with Nokian Tyres plc.

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 and 7 SUV tires are available in 64 sizes. The tires fit 13- to 22-inch wheels and are offered in 30 to 80 series profiles compatible with a wide range of vehicle makes and models including:

Audi A3 and A4;
Chevrolet Cruise, Equinox and Malibu;
Ford Focus and Fusion;
Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V and Pilot;
Jeep Wrangler;
Nissan Altima, Rogue and Sentra;
Toyota Camry, Corolla, Highlander and RAV4; and
Volkswagen Golf and Jetta.

Discount Tire says the tires are engineered to deliver outstanding performance and confident control in severe winter weather, without sacrificing ride comfort for passenger cars, SUVs and crossovers.

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 and Hakkapeliitta 7 SUV provide extreme winter weather performance, confident control and surprising levels of comfort for a winter tire, according to the company.

Both tires feature a a rapeseed oil-enhanced tread compound and a dense 3D sipe pattern, designed to provide superb traction in harsh winter weather, including dry, wet, slush, snow, and icy conditions. The Hakkapeliitta 7 also uses an aggressive, directional tread design for rapid steering response in harsh winter weather, while air pockets and cushions in the tread pattern dampen tire impact for a level of ride comfort not normally associated with winter tires.

For more information, visit www.discounttire.com.

Discount Tire currently operates more than 925 stores across the United States and holds the top spot in the Modern Tire Dealer 100. Its owner and chairman Bruce Halle was MTD's 2014 Tire Dealer of the Year.

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JKS 2.5 Jeep Wrangler Suspension Review [Video]



Published on Oct 11, 2016

Highlights from our JKS Manufacturing install on our 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Tires are 35x12.50R17 Nitto Ridge Grapplers on 17x9 Jesse Spade Wheels from Rugged Ridge.

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Ritche Tay says the Maxxis International booth tells a story, and shows customers how its off-road tires look and operate in a real environment.

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Tire Partner for Jeep Jamboree USA

Michelin’s BFGoodrich Brand Is Tire Partner for Jeep Jamboree USA


November 9, 2016




Michelin North America Inc.’s BFGoodrich brand is the exclusive tire partner of Jeep Jamboree USA for 2017.

Jeep Jamboree USA is a unique program made of up more than 30 events across the country where the intention is to encourage Jeep owners to get the most adventure from their vehicle.

The events are typically two-day, family-oriented adventures that cater to every level of expertise. Experienced guides help navigate and educate Jeep owners along the way.

“Jeep Jamboree USA is about exposing Jeep owners and families to adventures they may have thought were inaccessible,” says Pearse Umlauf, president and CEO of Jeep Jamboree USA. “The partnership with BFGoodrich Tires has natural synergies with our company. BFGoodrich prides itself on decades of creating industry-leading off-road tires to empower drivers to experience their world. This partnership will enable us to reach more people and make significant impacts in the communities where our events are held and stimulate enthusiasm around responsible four-wheel drive adventures across the country.”

Each Jeep Jamboree USA event can attract hundreds of Jeep owners and make a significant economic impact on the community in which the event is held. BFGoodrich brand tires will be present at these events detailing its off-road product offerings as well as activating in a larger way at several events which includes expert driver instruction.

“From creating the radial all-terrain market to supporting grassroots racers, BFGoodrich has an unparalleled commitment to off-road enthusiasts and their pursuit of driving happiness. Jeep Jamboree USA is the world’s largest commitment to supporting Jeep owners so they are the perfect opportunity for BFGoodrich to better support Jeep owners,” says Oscar Pereda, director of enthusiast engagement. “Jeep Jamboree events are the perfect opportunities for us to help Jeep owners to better enjoy their off-road adventures as well as demonstrate how BFGoodrich Tires can help enable their experience.”

For more information, visit the brand’s website at www.BFGoodrichTires.com, Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/BFGoodrichTires, or on Twitter at @BFGoodrichTires.

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Most Canadians Are Driving on Winter Tires

Survey Says Most Canadians Are Driving on Winter Tires

Posted on November 17, 2016


A study conducted on behalf of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) shows Canadians have increased their usage of winter tires in the last two years, and almost doubled their use since 1998.

Outside Quebec, where winter tires are the law, 61% of Canadian drivers are using winter tires, the survey says. In 1998, before there was any legislation governing winter tire use, 35% of Canadians nationwide drove on winter tires, TRAC says.


“Drivers adopting winter tires in record numbers is fabulous news because it means Canada’s roadways in winter are becoming significantly safer,” says Glenn Maidment, president of TRAC. “However, the fact that three-in-10 motorists still do not own winter tires poses a threat to all motorists. This is why outreach to educate drivers continues to be needed. Every motorist needs to know that today’s high-tech winter tires radically outperform all-seasons in all cold-weather driving conditions and offer potentially life-saving benefits.”

The latest study groups responses into six geographic regions, and shows nearly double-digit increases in five of those regions. The sixth region represents Quebec, where winter tires are mandatory on all passenger cars.
Province/Region Utilization in 2016 Utilization in 2014
Atlantic Canada 81% 73%
Ontario 65% 56%
Manitoba/Saskatchewan 50% 39%
Alberta 55% 45%
British Columbia 49% 38%

“These numbers point to a significant improvement in consumer understanding of the importance of winter tires as a safety feature,” says Jack Smith, president of the Canada Safety Council. “It’s rewarding to know that the educational work done by road safety groups is paying off. We are glad to see that Canadians are attuned to the message.”

TRAC indicated some of the improvement has come after varying initiatives in Canada’s provinces. British Columbia updated its signage on certain mountainous highways indicating the need for winter tires. The province also publicized a “Shift into Winter” initiative to remind drivers of winter safety messages. In Manitoba there are low-interest loans available to help with the purchase and installation of winter tires. In 2016 Ontario required all insurance providers to reduce auto insurance premiums to drivers who have four winter tires installed on their vehicles.

Since Quebec mandated the use of winter tires bearing the three-peak-mountain snowflake symbol in 2008, a separate study by the provincial government (released in 2011) showed a 5% drop in injuries due to winter road accidents, and a 3% drop in deaths and serious injuries. Winter tires are required in Quebec from Dec. 15 to March 15 annually.

The TRAC survey also revealed 36% of the 1,518 respondents were considering purchasing winter tires. Of those who don’t own winter tires,

48% said they thought all-season tires were “good enough” for winter driving;
23% said the cost was prohibitive;
21% said they don’t drive enough in cold-weather months to warrant winter tires; and
8% gave other reasons.

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