Illegal Grey compound Tyres

1st Jul 2019

Tyres produced for a theatre show have appeared for sale in the UK marketplace. Nankang Tyre UK and Nankang Rubber Tire Corp are aware of this issue and are tracing the source. These tyres have not been imported by Nankang Tyre UK and are not covered by any type of warranty.

The grey compound tyres are designed solely for use on a grey wooden floor at low speed. They have never been tested for use outside of this.

Sizes affected by this:

15" - 195/50r15 NS-2 / 205/75r15 FT-7

16" - 245/45r16 AS-2+ / 265/70r16 SP-7 

17" - 195/40r17 AS-1 / 245/45r17 NS-2 / 275/60r17 SP-7 

18" - 235/40r18 NS-2 

19" - 235/35r19 NS-2 / 245/35r19 NS-2 

20" - 235/35r20 NS-2 / 245/45r20 AS-2+ / 265/35r20 AS-2+ / 265/45r20 SP-9 / 295/40r20 SP-7 

Tyres are produced with a manufacturer date code of: 4117, 4217, 4317, 4417, 4517, 4617, 4717, 5017, 5117 and 5217

Grey tyres can be recognised by a grey coloured tread, no E markings and the word ‘competition’ written on the sidewall.


If you are offered these tyres, you should note that:

-        They do not comply with ‘E’ marking standards for the UK market meaning that they are NOT road legal tyres in the UK

-        The performance of these tyres will be affected as they are not designed to cope with any type of surface other than a dry wooden floor

-        Load and speed ratings may be affected as the grey compound tyres have never been tested for safety away from theatre use

-        Grey tyres are not covered by any sort of Manufacturer’s Warranty

We strongly advise that these tyres are not fitted to vehicles of any type. Using these tyres may result in failure.

Any parties found to be involved with the selling or distribution of the grey tyres may face legal action.

If you have any doubts on tyres being advertised, please contact our team

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