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California tire aging bill may resurface

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California tire aging bill may resurface

Tire aging isn't a dead issue in California, say experts close to the situation. In fact, tire aging-related legislation could very well resurface.

Last month, a California state bill, A.B. 496, that would have required tire dealers to provide notification of a tire's date of manufacture, was pulled from consideration at the request of its sponsors.

While currently in limbo, the bill could be brought up for consideration at a later date, says Dan Zielinski, senior vice president of public affairs for the Rubber Manufacturers Association.

Zielinski believes the bill, which was sponsored by Safety Research & Strategies Inc. and supported by the Automobile Club of Southern California, was pulled as a "tactic to avoid a public defeat."

Sean Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies, says the issue of tire aging "is not going to go away. The sooner we have a remedy to the disconnect between the recommendations on tire aging that are out there and the information the consumer needs to know at the time of purchase, the better off we're going to be."

Kane recently told www.moderntiredealer.com he expects the tire aging legislation "will be brought up again in California, likely early next year. We've got other states that are considering similar measures, as well."

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