6 Million Tires Recalled Due To Chinese Defect

June 13, 2008


An Ohio distributor, Tech International, is recalling about 6 million tire valve stems after concluding that some of them were improperly made and could increase the risk of accidents. The stems were made by manufacturer Shanghai Baolong Industries Co. in Shanghai, China. It estimates that just 8,600 of roughly 6 million of those valves are defective, but this was enough for a much broader recall.

The valve is a replacement snap-in tire valve (Model No. TR413) manufactured between July and November 2006.

The recall asserts that the rubber part of the valve may crack after being in use for about six months, causing a gradual loss of tire pressure. Continuing to drive on underinflated tires can cause them to burst, possibly leading to crashes. The defect was identified after “a small number” of the valves were reported by customers and one distributor to have failed.

The samples were shipped to China, and, in March, Baolong concluded that some valves could be defective. “The cause of the defect is likely improper mixing of the rubber compound in the manufacturer’s facility,” Tech International wrote in a letter to the transportation safety authority.

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Breastfeeding Police Officer to the Rescue

May 22, 2008


A Chinese police office, Jiang Xiaojuan, 29, is the mother of a 6-month-old boy. After tthe magnitude 7.9 quake struck last week, she responded to the call of duty and the instincts of motherhood.

“I am breast-feeding, so I can feed babies. I didn’t think of it much,” she said. “It is a mother’s reaction, and a basic duty as a police officer to help.”

As of Thursday, the death toll from the earthquake had risen to more than 51,000, while more than 29,000 are still missing. Thousands of children have been orphaned; many others have mothers who simply can’t feed them. Although she cannot do it all alone, Officer Xiaojuan has jumped to the call of duty including, at one point, feeding nine babies.

“Some of the moms were injured, their fathers were dead … five of them were orphans. They’ve gone away to an orphanage now,” she said.

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