WASHINGTON—The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association has voiced its support of a letter issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to tire dealers and distributors, warning about mislabeled utility-terrain and all-terrain vehicle tires.
The letter warns dealers and distributors that some UTV and ATV tires for sale in the U.S. are mislabeled and marketed as compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, rather than correctly categorized as Not for Highway Service, or NHS, tires.
The letter reads, in part, that NHTSA has become aware of UTV and ATV tires offered for sale in the U.S. "that are incorrectly labeled and marketed as being compliant" with FMVSS. The agency is providing this information to help promote compliance within the off-road tire industry.
"We encourage you to share this information with other industry members and stakeholders."
Over the last two and a half years, the USTMA has worked with NHTSA officials to address the issue of NHS tires with improper Department of Transportation (DOT) marks and inappropriately marketed as regulated under a FMVSS.