WASHINGTON—The Tire Industry Association joined the Rubber Industry Association in hailing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's decision not to seek rulemaking on tire aging.
However, safety watchdog group Safety Research & Strategies Inc. said the NHTSA research was misguided and that new tire date-of-manufacture labels, not new tests, are really what is needed.
In a July 11 conference call, Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president of public affairs, praised a NHTSA report that said that tire improvements created by new safety and tire pressure monitoring standards made a tire aging test unnecessary.
Consumer education about how to avoid the effects of tire aging is the path NHTSA will take instead, the agency said.
TIA, which along with the RMA has battled tire aging legislation in Maryland and other states, praised the NHTSA decision.