WASHINGTON (Jan. 6)—The new final rule on tire labeling must be changed to allow greater flexibility in tire information number placement and vehicle placard information, the Rubber Manufacturers Association has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Requiring the full TIN on the "intended outboard sidewall" will force tire makers to either flip molds over in the press or replace existing molds with new ones, and "either choice is very costly," RMA President Donald B. Shea said in a petition for reconsideration. Also, the rule's vehicle placard provisions "appear to prohibit the inclusion of any other information," including the load index number and speed symbol, Shea said.
RMA wants changes to tire labeling rule
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