Importer Recalls 255,000 Chinese-made Tires

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey-based tire importer is recalling more than a-quarter million tires made in China.

The tires are steel-belted radial replacements for pickups, vans and SUVs and were sold under the Westlake, Compass and YKS brand names. Importer Foreign Tire Sales says they lack a safety feature that prevents tread separation.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration had ordered an even bigger recall of nearly a-half million tires in June.

The company says the tires meet all federal safety standards but says it "went the extra mile" and determined that the tires being recalled don't meet its own "more rigorous" standards.

Foreign Tire Sales sued the Chinese manufacturer in May, charging the tires could fail earlier than the tiremaker had claimed.