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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is requiring a New Jersey tire distributor to recall approximately 450,000 defective tires they purchased from a Zhongce Rubber Co., Ltd of China.

A letter dated June 11, to NHTSA federal regulators by Foreign Tire Sales Inc., said they don’t have enough money to conduct a voluntary recall. NHTSA rejected the claim and described the company’s position regarding the tire recall as “unacceptable.”

A spokeswoman for NHTSA said, the agency contacted Foreign Tire Sales earlier in the week to let them know a full tire recall was to be expected.

Associate Administrator for Enforcement Daniel C. Smith wrote FTS President Richard Kuskin stating that, “The Safety Act does not provide for any exceptions to the notification and remedy requirements based on the financial impact on the manufacturer. A company that chooses to import motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment into this country accepts the same responsibility for compliance with the Safety Act as any other manufacturer.”

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