Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ford F150 Uses Tires Made In China-Tire tariff jolts Ford supplier

Tire tariff jolts Ford supplier

Korean firm with factories in China weighs options to keep outfitting F-series trucks
Bryce G. Hoffman / The Detroit News

Few things scream "American" louder than Ford Motor Co.'s F-series pickup, but some models of the best-selling vehicle in the United States sport tires made in China.

And that means Chinese tire makers are not the only ones scrambling in the wake of President Barack Obama's new tariffs.

Hankook Tire supplies the base tires for the Ford F-150. It is not a Chinese company, but a Korean manufacturer with factories in China.

That still means that tires produced at those facilities, including those for the F-150, will be subject to the 35 percent tariff that goes into effect on Sept 26....More

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