WASHINGTON (Feb. 27)—The International Tire & Rubber Association disagrees with the Rubber Manufacturers Association over whether to retain maximum inflation pressure information on tire sidewalls. The existing markings in pounds per square inch "are less confusing to consumers" than "a load symbol that some people may not understand" and will prevent dangerous overinflation, ITRA Managing Director Marvin Bozarth said in comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about tire labeling proposals under the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act. The RMA argued for elimination of the maximum pressure listing because it usually is higher than the recommended pressure. Bozarth acknowledged this, but added that "in most cases, it is not high enough to create major problems." In separate comments, the Tire Association of North America said only 9 percent of its members believe any change in retread labeling requirements is necessary. It also noted that 98 percent of its members say their customers "rely on them for all information on tire safety and maintenance."
ITRA, TANA comment on tire labeling proposal
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