WASHINGTON (Nov. 13)—After an Oct. 22 meeting with officials of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, officials from tire industry associations have requested revisions to proposed testing protocols for new and retread tires. "We sat down with NHTSA to let them know the testing parameters they set out would essentially mean failure for most tires," said Becky MacDicken, director of government affairs for the Tire Industry Association. Among other things, "they wanted to test second retreads on a drive axle, which is not standard practice," MacDicken said. The agency, which in March proposed tests to compare the performance of medium truck tire retreads with new truck tires, is set to begin the tests early in 2003, with perhaps a second round of testing late in that year.
Tire groups want changes to upcoming retread testing
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