Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Most tires made in China are good, it says here

Seems to me the message is this. The tire quality is the
same if made in Oklahoma or in China. So who cares if
an American has no job?


The answer depends on whether you buy Chinese-made
tires from name brands like Goodyear or Michelin, vs. Chinese-label
tires or those made in China under contract for some private store
labels, tests show.

Tire manufacturers, many of which have moved some production to
China to save money, say that production techniques and materials
are the same no matter where the tires are made, and that their Chinese
tires are every bit as good as those made elsewhere in the world.

“The Chinese tires coming into this country for the most part have
been safe tires,” said Roy Littlefield, executive vice president of the
Tire Industry Association. “All the tires have to be tested before they
come here," he said, referring to U.S. government testing and standards.

“We have same global quality standards around the world,” said Keith Price,
a spokesman for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. “The standards are the
same whether we make it in Oklahoma, Germany, Brazil, Indonesia, or
China, the product standards are the same.”


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