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Shredding Tires Too

I have the same exact problem with only 12k miles on the same car with the same tires...hmm geez what a coincidence. I'm forced to go to the dealer too because one tire is losing air pressure. My spare loses 2 pounds of pressure per month...dealer said rubber is not a sealant so it's "normal"

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Sure, my spare lost air, noted on pressure monitors. I thought, how that's strange. Why is the spare losing air, it's not being used? Well, that was before all the other tires chronically sprung multiple leaks, requiring patches time-after-time. What a nightmare! This is my 2nd new vehicle in a row that has had serious quality issues & attorney representation! Hopefully, something will be done to make this right before I have to file suit! We're in a bad economy. US consumers do not have the reserves, nor the luxury of time to have to negotiate acceptable outcomes to this type of shoddy business ethics! Why have these not been recalled & replaced as should be indicated?

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Aug 14, 2009 - Well, several days ago I approached Toyo with my A20 concerns, being worn too quickly, requiring multiple patches to prevent air leaks & generally lacking overall quality. They, of course, knew about national A20 complaints without shock, argument, or trivial knit-picking. The Toyo contact I dealt with interacted with tact & diplomacy in addressing my concerns. She simply asked me to go to local Toyo tire shop distributor to have tires assessed. I never needed to speak with her again. Form that point on the tire service tech consulted with Toyo arranging a lean-yet-greatly-appreciated deduction from the cost of upgrading to the new Toyo Open Country H/T. The discount at least made it a mildly favorable option when compared to at least one other tire shop. I am pleased with the tires so far, what little I know about them is empowering & fosters appreciation. They look sharp, tough & durable & have 60,000 mile warranty. Everyone who told me my A20 tires were shot & dearly needed replacing advised that they were surprised because Toyo usually wore pretty well, per their extensive experience with tires. So, I am confident these tires will serve my needs. Toyo personnel were polite & non-argumentative, so I will give them another deserving chance to win my approval. I would have chosen Michellin tires if Costco had 19"-availability, but you all know how that is right now for the 19". I'm not a NascarShredding Tires Too - 2.gif racer & do try not to take my hybrid roughhousing so I usually get good tire performance with little encouragement. It took all my encouragement to coax 25,000 miles out of my stock A20's, but I guess I had much better luck than many, other than the leaks. I had to patch nearly six tires through their ownership, fully-replacing one that would not patch. All tires were balder than Kojack, but for the recently replaced 2008 A20 that I have as my current spare. I could not really afford to replace any tires right now, let alone one that still was drivable. I feel much better having the new tires though (still) after Toyo discount, I was out more money than I can afford right now, maybe Toyo will send me a bonus for this good publicity I am posting on site. Either way, it is still a better day today than it was yesterday & my ride is cruising smooth, feels great & hugs the road with new passion. What is it the cute little signs often say, "God-bless this mess!

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