Michelin recalling 841,000 BFGoodrich, Uniroyal tires
Michelin voluntarily recalled around 841,000 BFGoodrich and Uniroyal tires Thursday because the tread can separate, causing rapid air loss. No deaths or injuries have been reported from the tires, which were made as replacement tires for commercial light trucks and full-size heavy-duty vans from April 2010 until early this year, according to the Greenville-based company. Tires will be replaced at no charge. Quality-control workers started noticing an increase in reported problems with the tires this year. The company has noticed the separation in less than 150 tires, but decided the voluntary recall was needed to protect the safety of drivers, said Michelin’s technical director, Mike Wischhusen. He said internal testing shows the problems have been corrected for newer tires. For information: bfgoodrichtires.com/voluntarysafetyrecall or uniroyaltires.com/voluntarysafetyrecall or 800-637-5527.
Georgia Ports Authority seeks to enter suit challenging Savannah River deepening
CHARLESTON The Georgia Ports Authority wants to enter a federal lawsuit challenging the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel. The authority also wants to block the Savannah River Maritime Commission, a South Carolina state agency, from being involved in the case. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Thursday gave parties in the case until Aug. 6 to respond to the Georgia ports motion. The suit filed by environmental groups says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs a South Carolina pollution permit before the project can start. The suit alleges toxic cadmium from river silt will be dumped on the South Carolina side of the river. Maritime interests want the channel deepened to handle larger ships.
ACE Bakery plans $18.4 million facility, 51 new jobs in Cherokee County
GAFFNEY ACE Bakery, who makes baked goods for the retail and food service markets, Thursday said it would locate a new facility in Cherokee County. The $18.4 million investment is expected to generate about 51 new jobs. The company will open a new location in Gaffney for the production and distribution of its baked goods and will produce its Artisan line of baked breads. The company will begin hiring for the new positions later this year.
Ford recalling Escapes, Mavericks to fix gas pedals
DETROIT Ford is recalling nearly 485,000 Escapes and Mavericks to fix sticking gas pedals that can cause crashes. The worldwide recall affects vehicles from the 2001 through 2004 model years that are powered by 3-liter V-6 engines with cruise control. It comes just over a week after U.S. safety regulators began investigating the small SUVs. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 68 complaints about the problem, including 13 crashes, nine injuries and one death. A teenage girl died when an Escape crashed in Arizona in January. It’s the third recall in two weeks for the Escape, which was the top-selling SUV in the U.S. last month. A week ago Ford recalled 11,500 of the 2013 models with 1.6-liter engines because the fuel lines can crack and leak gasoline, causing fires. A few days before that, it recalled 10,000 2013 Escapes to fix carpet padding that could interfere with braking.
The Associated Press contributed.