Kumho Tires Recalls Products in China
    2011-03-22 10:04:09     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Liu

Board Chairman of Kumho Tire's Chinese company Lee Han-xie (center) bows to the audience in apology for its defective products at a CCTV program aired on Monday, March 21, 2011. [Photo: CCTV]

South Korea's Kumho Tires Co. apologized to its Chinese consumers on a CCTV program airing Monday after the company's products were exposed to be defective, the Beijing Times reports.

Lee Han-xie, Board Chairman of Kumho China, took a regretful bow towards the audience at a consumer-related program. He said the company will recall all its problematic products as soon as possible, but did not mention when or how.

This is the first case of tire recall on the Chinese mainland. Overseas tire manufacturers usually replace defective tires with qualified ones free of charge, the report says.

One week earlier, CCTV reported that Kumho used excessive amounts of recycled rubber as raw materials to reduce costs in its manufacturing facility in the northern municipality of Tianjin, which would cause tires to rupture and pose other safety risks.

The biggest tire maker in China said it has fired managers of its Tianjin factory and suspended the production to cope with an investigation by the country's quality watchdog.

The company's tire scandal also made some automaker clients nervous.

The Great Wall Motor Company said that two of its brands used Kumho tires, but they are not sure whether the tires are among the unqualified group. The automaker said they have decided not to use Kumho tires on new cars.

Dongfeng Peugeot has claimed that none of its cars have ever used the tires produced in Tianjin, but promised they will not let consumers spend a penny if any problems are found in the tires.

FAW Volkswagen clarified that the Kumho tires it uses were manufactured at plants in Nanjing and Changchun, saying also they will pay close attention to the matter.



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