WASHINGTON (June 6)—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has postponed by one year the effective date of a rule requiring vehicle manufacturers to place revised tire information placards in the cars and trucks they manufacture. The deadline for the new placards is now Sept. 1, 2004, NHTSA ruled June 5 in response to petitions by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the National Truck Equipment Association. The agency has not yet ruled on the petition of the Rubber Manufacturers Association to allow tire manufacturers some leeway in the placement of the full tire identification number on the tire, or that of the Tire Industry Association to exempt retreaders from the requirement of placing the TIN on both sides of a tire. An RMA spokesman had no comment on the tire placard petition.
NHTSA delays tire labeling rule for vehicle manufacturers
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