ITRA speaks out on TREAD Act sidewall labeling proposals

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The International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA) says most current tire sidewall labeling practices are sufficient.

The announcement comes in response to sidewall labeling changes proposed by the Transportation Recall Enhancement Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA)submitted comments regarding sidewall labeling

in late January. ITRA differs from the RMA on the following issues:

* Maximum Load Rating vs. Load Index -- ITRA does not oppose adding a load index symbol.

* Consumer Understanding/Use of Load Index -- ITRA is worried that tire buyers may not be able to determine proper load carrying capacities in some light truck applications.

* Determination of Inflation/Load Capability -- ITRA disagrees that consumers do not use load rating information posted in pounds on tire sidewalls.

* Number of Plies and Cord Material -- ITRA believes ply numbers, cord material types and placement of plies are vital to tire retreading, repairing and recycling.

* Removal of Sidewall Maximum Inflation Value --Tiremakers should keep the maximum inflation value molded on the side of tires in pounds per square inch.

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