…if you can still see Abe’s chin after 60,000 miles… - Tire Review Magazine

…if you can still see Abe’s chin after 60,000 miles…

Seems NHTSA has plans to unveil its tire fuel efficiency testing and reporting plans by the end of the year.

Succeeding in that, of course, would be a new NHTSA record for time taken in creating from-scratch rules. The old record – three years – came when NHTSA developed its in-house March Madness office pool.

But I kid.

Buried in the 2007 Energy Bill and hand written by the RMA, the tire fuel efficiency testing and grading scheme also includes a plan to not only dissemination the test results to the public, it includes provisions for some consumer education program.

So NHTSA is creating tire testing criteria and some kind of UTQG-style rating system. Interestingly, NHTSA indicated that it may not test every tire…leading one to ask, “So what the heck is the point?”

It’s truly legislation only a lobbyist could love.

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– Jim Smith

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