Federal tire legislation promotes safety and fuel efficiency

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The United States Congress will consider legislation to create minimum tire performance standards for tire fuel efficiency and wet traction, to improve manufacturers’ ability to contact consumers in the event of a tire recall, and to create a web-based tool for consumers and tire dealers to more easily determine whether a tire is subject to a safety recall.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R – South Carolina) this week introduced the Tire Efficiency, Safety and Registration Act, S.1741, which is strongly supported by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the USA.

“This legislation will significantly help improve consumer safety, vehicle fuel economy and industry global competitiveness as well as regulatory consistency,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs.

Establishing a minimum tire fuel efficiency performance standard will eliminate the least fuel efficient tires from the passenger tire market, while a wet traction performance standard will help ensure tire fuel efficiency improvements are not achieved at the expense of wet traction performance and safety.

“RMA members support these performance standards to help consumers and the nation conserve fuel without compromising wet traction safety performance,” Zielinski said.

August 6, 2015

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