SOUTHHAMPTON PARISH, Bermuda (March 5)—A proposed Society of Automotive Engineers standard on off-the-road tire safety potentially could alter maintenance, service and demand for the massive tires, according to OTR tire manufacturers and dealers who discussed the proposal at the recent Tire Association of North America Off-The-Road Conference in Bermuda. The SAE safety standard is being drafted at the request of the Mine Safety Health Administration, after the agency discovered its "inspectors had no knowledge whatsoever of tire safety," according to Bob Ochsenhirt, Goodyear manager, OTR sales engineering. The standard includes the recommendation: "All documents and procedures shall reflect the policy of not intentionally running any OTR tire to destruction." This position statement "runs counter to industry practice," Ochsenhirt said.
SAE drafting off-road tire safety standard
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