Chinese Valve Stem Warning Could Affect Everyone Who's Had Tires Replaced Since 2006

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Consumer Reports warns of a potential problem with as many as 30 million rubber replacement valve stems manufactured in China for NC-based Dill Air Control Products and sold after mid-2006. While a federal recall hasn't yet been issued, NHTSA has opened an investigation after a Florida man died following a blowout and flip allegedly caused by one of the defective valve stems. Yes, it was a Ford Explorer. So, how do you know if you have one of the millions of potentially deadly valve stems on your car? Identifying a defective valve stem is simple: Dismount each tire from its rim and check. That's right, folks: There's no outward marking to identify the defective valve stems, nor was any tracking system in place to determine who may or may not have received one. So, if you're part of the at-risk group, you probably want to keep both hands on the wheel until NHTSA sorts all this out. [Consumer Reports; Photo and tons of great valve stem info at Techno-Fandom.org]

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LandofMinos
LandofMinos: ...sent down to strike the unroadworthy!

I work in an industry that deals a lot with rubber seals and other elastomer parts. The Chinese have been going ape-shit with rubber manufacturing lately.

I receive a large amount of e-mails from companies in China offering their services and the seemingly endless odd tidings I get like are bloody funny like 'Happy day to you' and 'Dear virtuous sir'. Here's an excerpt from an e-mail I received last week...

Dear Sir,

Have a nice day!

You reference is given us by you local engine, we know you talents in seals and here keen to expand our trade with you very soon. We are a leading manufacturer of mechanical seals based in China (They're all leading manufacturers). We shall be obliged and grateful if you kindly inquiry on us...