Questions remain about NHTSA truck tire testing

May 3, 2005

Phase two of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) truck tire testing is done, but the agency has refused to share results with the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

"They haven't shared any of the data they've collected, which we have asked for," RMA spokesman Dan Zielinksi told today.

"We want to know what happened. The industry may see something that it can respond to now."

NHTSA has performed durability and speed tests on both new and retreaded truck tires, according to RMA officials.

Zielinksi says NHTSA may not disclose results until it publishes a notice of proposed ruling, which could happen later this year.

RMA and NHTSA officials will meet on May 25 to discuss truck tire issues.

"It's more of an educational thing for NHTSA. It's in everyone's interest that whatever rule comes out is done right the first time."