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NHTSA Sets Final Rule for Fuel Efficiency Testing

March 30, 2010

WASHINGTON - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its final rule that establishes test procedures for consumer tire rolling resistance, safety, and durability, reported Modern Tire Dealer.

There are many details that still need to be worked out, however.

"When this program is fully established, this information will be provided to consumers at the point of sale and online," say agency officials.

The rule, as well as its associated tire consumer education program, will require tiremakers to rank their products for fuel efficiency, safety and durability "based on test procedures specified," say NHTSA officials.

"Comparing these three different ratings for different replacement tires will enable consumers to see how different replacement tires can affect the fuel economy they are getting from their vehicles. This will enable consumers to see the tradeoffs they may be facing between fuel efficiency, safety (i.e. wet traction) and durability (i.e. treadwear life), and how the balance of these factors may differ from tire to tire. Providing information regarding all three types of performance will help to ensure that no single aspect is given disproportionate attention."

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