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Old 10-25-2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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2007 Ford Tire Valve Problems

Those of us with 2007 Fofos may want to keep an eye on this, taken from Automotive News. The website is:

http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dl...NA02/810219979

Feds investigate valves in Ford tires

Harry Stoffer
Automotive News
October 21, 2008 - 1:18 pm ET
UPDATED: 10/21/08 1:30 p.m. EDT

WASHINGTON -- Tire valves from China, already under investigation for their failure rate in the aftermarket, were also used as original equipment by Ford Motor Co., a federal safety agency disclosed this week.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary investigation of the valves in as many as 1 million Ford vehicles built for the 2007 model year. The agency says it has received 37 complaints about valve failures in those vehicles.

Some owners said loss of air pressure from cracked and leaking valves led to damage severe enough to require tire replacement, according to documents on NHTSA's Web site.

NHTSA says the tire valves in question were made by Topseal, an auto parts subsidiary of Shanghai Baolong Automotive Corp.

Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood told Automotive News today that the company is cooperating with NHTSA, but it has done some investigating of its own and finds the rate of cracking and leaking among the valves to be low.

"We have not identified a risk to safety," he said.

Shanghai Baolong has supplied Ford with tire valves since 2005, when the company bought Ford's previous supplier, Sherwood added.

Tire safety has been a particularly sensitive issue for Ford since 2000. That year, Firestone tire failures, mostly on Ford Explorers, led to massive recalls, a string of lawsuits and enactment of a new federal safety law.

In May, the agency opened its investigation of the valves' use in the aftermarket. In September, NHTSA upgraded the investigation to the more serious level called engineering analysis.

NHTSA said the valves appear to be susceptible to premature deterioration from ozone in the atmosphere.

The federal government became aware of the problem after a lawsuit was filed against a Discount Tire Co. store and Dill Air Controls Products LLC, which provided the Topseal valves to retail tire stores and distributors, NHTSA said.

The lawsuit alleges that a faulty replacement valve led to a tire failure and fatal rollover crash of a 1998 Ford Explorer in November 2007. Ford was not a party to the lawsuit.

Topseal believes a change of chemical suppliers led to production of valves with inadequate ozone protection during the second half of 2006, NHTSA reported on its Web site.

Dill and Discount Tire have enacted programs to find the possibly defective valves and offer replacements, NHTSA said.


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Old 10-25-2008, 12:09 PM   #2
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Anybody who can find the exact production date when the Focus might have started using these valves.....please post it. My Focus is an early '06.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:39 PM   #3
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also, anyone who had tires installed in the last year or two may also be at risk, i know of a few people who have had chinese valve stems begin leaking in only a few months.
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I have an 07 and haven't had any issues with the valves yet (knock on wood ) .
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Old 10-27-2008, 01:05 PM   #5
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My mom has an 07 FoFo and it hasn't had any valve stem problems, only lug nut caps that keep falling off.
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My mom has an 07 FoFo and it hasn't had any valve stem problems, only lug nut caps that keep falling off.
^^^ That's why I took the lug nut covers off anyways, it was a hassle having them on if your going to apex into a corner and have them flying in to someones eye.
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