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A first look at the proposed NHTSA’s new tire information labels

nhtsa-tire-labelsAs part of the effort to educate consumers about improving gas mileage, the Department of Transportation has unveilved a new labeling system that offers an easy way to compare fuel efficiency, wet traction and treadwear ratings among different tires. These labels, which will be affixed to all tires and clearly visible at the point of sale, are the first ones to include information about a tire’s impact on fuel economy. Mileage ratings are calculated by measuring the rolling resistance of the tire.

In addition to putting the new labels on the tire, consumers will also be able to browse a comprehensive ratings database at The intent behind the new labeling system is to lead consumer’s to make more environmentally-friendly and fuel efficient purchases. This puts pressure on manufacturers to create low rolling resistance models that will appeal to conscious consumers.

“The proposal takes the guess work out of buying the best tires for your vehicle,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Our proposal would let consumers look at a single label and compare a tire’s overall performance as it relates to fuel economy, safety and durability.”


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California Energy Commission proposes new tire efficiency ratings

The CEC proposed a tire efficiency rating that will allow consumers to easily compare rolling resistance between tires of the same size and load index.

The CEC proposed a tire efficiency rating that will allow consumers to easily compare rolling resistance between tires of the same size and load index.

With demand for fuel-efficient low rolling resistance tires climbing, some officials in California are looking for ways to foster competition between tire manufacturers. By mandating official tire efficiency regulations, the California Energy Commission hopes that tire makers will dedicate more time and resources to creating the most efficient tires on the market.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association responded to the CEC’s proposal by pointing out the immense costs that could go in to instituting and adhering to the new regulations – costs the RMA estimates will land in the $20 million range. The RMA was also quick to point out that there already is a 5-star efficiency rating system in place, which ranks tires based on their rolling resistance coefficient. However, the ratings proposed by the CEC would rate tires of the same size and load index against each other for results that are easier to compare and understand.

The CEC believes the rating system will force competition in the market.  “A ranking system driven by the ‘best in class tire’ can ignite a competitive spirit,” the CEC said.

Despite the CEC’s predictions, tire manufacturers still seem reluctant to support the plan. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is already in the process of putting together rolling resistance regulations, which is another reason RMA-member manufacturers are balking at the CEC’s proposal. It will be interesting to see who wins this battle. Either way, it’s important that some form of tire efficiency rating is put into place. This simple measure makes it easier for consumers to make educated purchasing decisions that eventually benefit everyone.

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National Be Tire Smart Week (Canada)

Here’s one holiday that every wholesale tire distributor, retailer and manufacturer in Canada is going to be celebrating from May 11-17: National Be Tire Smart Week! During this event, designed to raise awareness about proper tire maintenance, businesses will engage in a widespread consumer education effort to improve both road safety and gas mileage. According to a survey commissioned by the Rubber Association of Canada, almost 70% of vehicles on Canadian roadways have at least one underinflated or overinflated tire. This leads to a significant decrease in fuel efficiency and poses a safety hazard for not only the vehicle owner, but for every other motorist who is forced to share the road with them.

For business or inviduals who want to get involved in the event, visit the Be Tire Smart Web site for some good ideas. For example, you can set up a tire inflation and maintenance schedule for the company’s vehicle fleet, or make donations for local tire safety campaigns. Your involvement in this nationwide awareness event is also a great opportunity to promote your own services. Whether you offer routine auto repair or if you sell tires, Be Tire Smart Week is a good holiday to team up with in order to spread your marketing message.

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