Tire Recalls

Tire Recalls

For 52 years Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc. had an exclusive, multi-state territory with Toyo Tire USA Corp. That deal, which effectively locked out other tire dealers, including online retailers, from selling Toyo-branded products in the northwest corner of the U.S. has come to an end.  

It didn't take long for the truck tire tariffs to be implemented. On Jan. 30, 2019, the International Trade Commission reversed an earlier decision and ruled the U.S. tire market was being harmed by the importing of truck and bus tires from China.

Replacement passenger tire shipments in the U.S. reached a record 216.7 million units in 2018, according to the preliminary edition of the latest U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) Factbook.

Tenneco Spin-Off to be Called DRiV Incorporated

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:28:00 PST

DRiV Incorporated is the name of the future publicly traded aftermarket and ride performance company that will launch in the second half of this year, following Tenneco Inc.’s separation into two independent companies, Tenneco has announced.

TBC Brands LLC has combined its Power King and Harvest King commercial tire brands into a new website.

Nokian Tyres plc has again been selected as one of the most sustainable companies in the world. The company received the Silver Class distinction in the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook 2019.

Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. will supply Comfort A1 all-season tires in two sizes from its Chester County, S.C., plant for the 2019 Volkswagen Passat.

Gatto's Tires Founder Mike Gatto Dies at 93

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:54:00 PST

Michael Gatto, who started Gatto's Tires and Auto Service in Melbourne, Fla., in 1970, died on Feb. 11, 2019. He was 93.

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. posted net income of 35.6 billion yen on net sales of 650.2 billion yen for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. That compares to income of 40.0 billion yen on sales of 646.3 billion yen in fiscal 2017.

Hotwire Will Be Back After Presidents Day

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:43:00 PST

Due to Monday's Presidents Day holiday, Modern Tire Dealer will not publish Hotwire on Feb. 18. Look for the next edition on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Hercules Partners with Another UTV Racing Team

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:46:00 PST

Hercules Tire and Rubber Co. has finalized another partnership with a prominent racing team owner. Will Rodgers and Rodgers Racing will begin competing on Hercules tires in March.

Norm Affleck, a Founding Member of Big O, Dies

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:30:00 PST

Norm Affleck, retired CEO and president of Big O Tires Inc., died on Feb. 8, 2019. He was not only a founding dealer member of Big O Tires, but also instrumental in the introduction of the Big O brand 33 years ago.

Robert Dalotto, 'a Salesman at Heart,' Has Died

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:27:00 PST

Robert Dalotto Sr., whose career in tire sales spanned more than half a century, died on Feb. 8, 2019. He was 79.

There were several factors at work in 2018 that helped Group Michelin record a slight increase in overall sales — up 0.3% — in the face of a “difficult economic environment.”  

More than 50 Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) members overcame difficult wintry driving conditions to gather for a regional meeting hosted by the Auto-Wares Group of Companies on Feb. 7, 2019, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Alliance Has New Snow Tire for MFWA Tractors

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 06:42:00 PST

Alliance Tire Group Inc. (ATG) has released the Alliance 551 Multiuse Professional, a steel-belted radial designed for modified front-wheel drive assist (MFWA) tractors operating in snow and ice.

Monro Acquired 52 Stores in 10 Months

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 07:21:00 PST

Monro Inc. has acquired 13 more locations in Florida, giving it more than 80 stores in the Sunshine State.  

Goodyear's Earnings Double in 2018

Fri, 8 Feb 2019 08:28:00 PST

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. doubled its earnings in 2018, despite year-over-year declines in sales and volumes of 5% and 3%, respectively, in the fourth quarter.

Bridgestone Americas Inc. will begin building a race tire manufacturing plant in Akron, Ohio, in the summer of 2019. Production is set to begin in 2020 and will reach about 30,000 Firehawk tires every year.

VIP Inc. dba VIP Tires & Service has given Make-A-Wish a record donation — $78,123.76 — following its annual holiday campaign at its 58 stores in New England.