BEND - Les Schwab Tire Centers is fighting an effort to reduce the number of tires imported into the U.S. from China.

Les Schwab and other retailers say U.S. manufacturers are not making the less-expensive tires that are popular with today's cash-strapped motorists.

The United Steelworkers filed a petition in April asking the International Trade Commission to limit Chinese imports of passenger and light truck tires to 21 million. Last year, according to the union, there were 46 million tires imported from China. The steelworkers says the deluge of tires cost at least 5,000 U.S. jobs.

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