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Good press for Chinese manufacturing is hard to come by these days. American consumers have faced numerous issues with products imported from the country. Lead-laced toys, melamine-tainted toothpaste and pet-food recalls are a few incidents that come to mind. But what about tires? Should you trust your life to bargain rubber?
Unfortunately, our submission of Blimp 182 wasn’t one of the finalists of the Goodyear Name the Blimp contest.
Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season
Tire engineering is like rocket science. Ok, it might not be quite that complex, but its close. The technology used to create a modern, class leading tire is incredible. Aspects of a tires design, like sidewall chaffing caused near the tire bead, are things most consumers will never think about while flying down the freeway at 75 mph. The amount of engineering and technology put into a tires development is staggering.
Drivers often neglect properly inflating their tires, which damages the rubber, delivers poorer fuel mileage and poses a rollover risk.
Lindsay Lohan is great at hitting things. Things like drugs, rehab and even pedestrians with her car, which is why tire giant Goodyear is offering her free driving lessons.
Goodyear is now accepting nominations for its 30th Highway Hero Award, which will be given out at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show.
Maybe you’ve been in this situation: stuck on the side of a road, a punctured tire needing to be changed out for the spare one in the trunk. You have a pair of options, do you choose to change the tire yourself, or do you call for roadside assistance. Both options can take a while to get you back on the road, especially if you’ve never changed a tire yourself before. And even if you have, sometimes it can take some serious elbow grease.
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Season Tire Test
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All Season is a mouthful. Mind you, when it comes to high performance tires, this one’s key rivals, the Bridgestone Potenza RE960/970 and Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus, don’t exactly roll off the tongue either.
Names aside, Goodyear’s latest addition to the Eagle F1 range is designed to maintain high performance while adding all-season attributes. And when it comes to finding a place to give such a tire a good workout, the Pacific Northwest is probably as good a place as any.
Goodyear announced today that 40,915 tires are now on recall, thanks to the possibility of tread separation that can lead to full tire failure. Remind you of anything? Cough… Firestone….
Certain Wrangler Silent Armor tires manufactured from March 31 through May 31, 2009 fall under the recall. Under certain severe conditions the tires may experience tread seperation, compomising the tire and leading to potential risk.
It’s not clear exactly what sort of conditions do and don’t qualify as “extreme” but it’s probably best to air on the side of caution if your tires may be affected.
Goodyear will be notifying owners and replacing tires free of charge. For more information, feel free to contact the NHTSA safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
You can read through our list below to see if your car is running a rubber-related risk.
Wrangler Silent Armor tire sizes affected:
- LT235/80R17 LRE
- LT325/60R18 LRE
- LT275/70R18 LRE
- LT265/70R17 LRE
- LT245/75R17 LRE
- LT285/70R17 LRD
Goodyear is working on an entirely new innovation that could do away with having to ever manually add air to under-inflated tires. The new tires use a what is being called Air Maintenance Technology (AMT), with a miniaturized pump fully contained within the tire that keeps it inflated at the optimum pressure. This also means that, at all times, your tires will have the optimal amount of air ensuring that your vehicle is getting its most efficient mpg.
Goodyear hasn’t confirmed when the technology will be available, but its development has been accelerated thanks to recent government research grants in both the United States and the European Union. Hopefully those development grants will help offset the cost of bringing the tire to market, which is likely to be passes on to consumers.
We can still remember when European vehicles first started making their way over to the Tokyo Auto Salon. It raised a lot of eyebrows and had many people buzzing on how receptive the Japanese tuners and consumers would be. Fast forward a few years and now European vehicles have become a norm and it looks like American vehicles are now making their way to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Over at the Goodyear booth, we spotted this Chevy Camaro, kitted out, slammed and sporting a massive set of wheels. The Camaro, a large car even in America, looks simple enormous next to many of the subcompacts and MPVs at the Tokyo show.
The Camaro really helped to set the Goodyear booth apart, looking completely unique from the modified Japanese and European cars. It’s not exactly the best America has to offer, but it will be interesting to see if American cars continue to penetrate the Japanese market.
At last year’s SEMA Show, the Camaro was easily the car of choice, with practically ever tuner displaying a modified version of the muscle car. At TAS, the Camaros have been relaced with Priuses.