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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Army has yanked tire shredders at three base gates in the Kaiserslautern area due to complaints from motorists that the security devices damaged their tires.

Army officials have not determined whether they will put in new shredders at two of the three gates.

One of the gates at Pulaski Barracks will get a different type of tire shredder that is sunken into the pavement, said Jeff Crisp, deputy plans and operations officer for Army Garrison Kaiserslautern. The shredders motorists say took small chunks out of their tires were raised much like a speed bump.

The Army is trying to determine if those shredders are defective. In March, workers noticed that one of the devices wasn’t working properly and the other two were lowered.

The shredders help prevent motorists from trying to enter the base through the gate exit lanes.

People who believe the shredders damaged their tires can file a claim with the local legal office. But car owners must prove the shredders did the damage.

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