WASHINGTON (Jan. 21)—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will leave corporate average fuel economy at 20.7 mpg for model year 2002, according to a proposed rule issued by the agency. From 1996 to December 2001, Congress prohibited NHTSA from using any of its funds to consider changes in the CAFE standard, and the agency hasn't had time to study the question since the ban was lifted. While the tire industry doesn't consider CAFE a high priority, it is concerned about fuel economy standards in general, said Roy E. Littlefield III, government affairs director of the International Tire & Rubber Association. "We're concerned that higher CAFE standards could mean that tires could be fitted that are too light for the vehicles they're on," or that warranties on original equipment parts could be extended, Littlefield said.
NHTSA leaves light truck CAFE standard unchanged for 2002
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