Temp Speaks Out on Recall
Officials at Auto Temp Inc. in Batavia, Ohio, says the company
learned of the problem with certain of the DOT 430 parts from Safelite/Belron
US in November 2007 (CLICK
HERE for related story.) In December, Safelite issued a recall
for parts originally manufactured by Hangzhou Safety Glass Ltd.
(DOT 430), which were distributed to Safelite by Auto Temp Inc.
"We learned in November 2007, when notified by Safelite, that Safelite
had questions about certain DOT 430 parts," the company writes in
a statement issued to glassBYTEs.comô/AGRR magazine. "We
were later advised by Safelite of their intention to recall certain
DOT 430 products."
When asked if Auto Temp provided the parts to any other companies
besides Safelite, Auto Temp declined to comment. (glassBYTEs.comô
has been told by industry sources the parts also were distributed
to Pilkington, though this hasn't been confirmed, and calls to Pilkington
have not been returned.)
"For legal and competitive reasons, we are unable to provide a
list of our customers. What we can tell you is that the DOT 430
parts in question represent an extremely small amount of our annual
product distributed," the company continues.
The company also declined to comment on whether it has had problems
with any other Hangzhou parts.
"For legal and competitive reasons, we are unable to comment on
any of our customer and vendor relationships," Auto Temp adds.
Like Safelite/Belron US, the company notes that it depends on those
from whom it outsources glass to confirm that it is compliant with
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 205.
"Quality and safety has always been the highest priority at Auto
Temp Inc.," the company writes. "The glass products that ATI manufactures
itself at its Batavia, Ohio, plant endure extensive testing to confirm
that it is compliant with FMVSS 205. With respect to glass ATI sources
from third parties, it expects all of its suppliers to comply with
all relevant federal, state and local safety standards, including
FMVSS 205, and the use of the suppliers DOT number on the glass
certifies such compliance."
Auto Temp's statement was issued on behalf of the company by Northlich,
an Ohio-based public relations firm.
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