U.S. DOT proposes new tire fuel efficiency ratings
In a move that would impact tire manufacturer requirements for sale of their products, proposals from U.S. DOT and NHTSA would require details about the impact of a tire on fuel economy and CO2 emissions reduction.
According to a report from Targeted News Service, The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed a new, consumer-friendly replacement tire label which would include information about the tire's impact on fuel economy and CO2 emission reductions.
In addition to the new fuel efficiency ratings, a proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also would provide consumers with two other key pieces of tire performance information– wet weather traction and tread wear. All three ratings would be prominently displayed on a removable label attached to the replacement tire at the point of sale.
The new, three-tiered ratings also will appear on safercar.gov to help consumers to compare ratings as they shop for new tires.
NHTSA is required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to issue a final rule by December 2009.
Click here to read the proposal.
Click here to view the proposed ratings label.
– Edited by David Greenfield , editorial director