**Bumped Up From TAM Wire. Posted By dennisl**
It’s a wonder that they don’t have imbedded chips designed to flatten the tires, after the Electrical Grid Cyberattack….
Via Fox News: ‘Counterfeit’ tires pose consumer risk
What began as a routine tire test became a journey through a maze of deception, finger-pointing, and a lack of accountability that in itself could prove dangerous if the product should prove to be defective.
When it comes to safety and performance, Consumer Reports has long said that you shouldn’t skimp on tires. That’s what we discovered once again when we recently tested three sets of Chinese-branded all-season truck tires that cost as little as $89 apiece in our test size, 265/70R17. All three of these bargain-bin tires landed at the bottom of our Ratings, in part because of their performance in our winter-condition test, as well as so-so to poor tread life. The surprise came when the owner and distributor of one set of the tires alleged that the tires we tested were “gray market”—that is, produced or sold by a factory and vendor that were not authorized to make or distribute them—and from tire molds that may have been stolen.
We’ve heard of fake Louis Vuitton handbags, Rolex watches, and “vintage” Bordeaux wines. But this was different….
Washington Post: Chinese hack U.S. weather systems, satellite network
Telegraph: China and Russia hack into US power grid