GENEVA, Switzerland (March 2, 2011)—More than 10 percent of the tires sold in the European marketplace in tests conducted by a trade group did not meet the legal requirements of the European Union's REACH legislation.
All the tires that failed the tests were imported into the EU from China, according to the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association.
The group said that 184 tests on 110 tires showed that 12 tires sold under nine different brand names didn't comply with the rules on oils containing high amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, as required by the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals rules.
The research was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, following a meeting of the council of the ETRMA.
ETRMA carried out the tests on passenger, motorcycle and industrial tires originating in 92 different factories in 16 different countries, including seven nations outside the EU.