WASHINGTON—A bill requiring independent tire dealers to submit tire registration information electronically to tire manufacturers has been introduced in the Senate.
S. 1741, the Tire Efficiency, Safety and Registration Act, also would direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create minimum performance standards for fuel efficiency and wet traction, and to establish a tire recall database to allow tire dealers and owners to determine whether their tires are subject to safety recalls.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced the bill July 9, with Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., as co-sponsors.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which developed S. 1741, praised the senators for introducing the bill.
“This legislation will significantly help improve consumer safety, vehicle fuel economy and industry global competitiveness as well,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs.
When federal law established voluntary tire registration in 1982, the RMA said, the tire registration rate dropped from nearly 50 percent to about 15 percent.
“By requiring registration at the point of sale, registration rates will increase and manufacturers will be better able to meet their requirement to notify consumers of a tire recall,” the association said in a July 10 news release.