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Old 12-11-2015, 08:37 AM   #1
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New Federal tire rules

Wonder if there are provisions in this ruling for free batteries for the TPMS!

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The highway transportation bill signed into law by the president includes several provisions covering tires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is directed to issue a rule requiring independent tire sellers to register tires at the point of sale. The provision is intended to increase tire registration rates that should then assist tire manufacturers in notifying consumers in the event of a tire recall. Independent tire dealers will be required to maintain records, including the name, address and information identifying the tire purchased, and electronically transmit this information to the tire manufacturer.

The NHTSA will consider the feasibility of developing universal bar-code scanner technologies that capture the Tire Identification Number (TIN), which could then be placed in an electronic database that unites the tire numbers with the vehicle identification number (VIN). The NHTSA is required to create a website allowing the public to search for tire recalls based on the TIN. The NHTSA is also required to issue regulations establishing minimum tire performance standards for tire fuel efficiency and wet traction.

The NHTSA is required to update the tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) rule, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 138, to ensure that a system installed on a new motor vehicle cannot be overridden, reset or recalibrated in a way that would no longer detect when the inflation pressure in one or more of the vehicle’s tires has fallen below a safe pressure level. The rule cannot have the effect of prohibiting indirect TPMS or the ability to reset or recalibrate when replacing tires/wheels of a different size than the original-equipment tires/wheels.

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Old 12-11-2015, 08:45 AM   #2
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Oh boy, more govt regs.

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When you look at those regs, you have to know that the price of tires will be going up just to cover the admin costs without adding to the performance factor.
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nip it in the bud

Call your congressman and tell them NO! We are already OVER REGULATED by the Government. We do not need this any more than half the other BS they require or mandate. I don't like my TPMS either, God, I have a gauge, own a car, maintane a car! Don't expect "mother" to remind/ do it for you. Gosh, Ive reread it, it already passed??? Who's paying for all this report/advise stuff???? More small business suffering unneeded added costs.. God I hate where this country is going!!!!!!!!!!!
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I don't want a call or text- "time to rotate your tires"
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On the positive side, if your tires are registered, you stand a chance at getting notified if there's a tire recall.
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CostCo hands me a registration paper with the proper numbers on it for me to register the new tires via mail or on-line.
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These new regulations have some benefit and likely a lot of expense. I'm sure there are other ways to accomplish the goal of manufacturers being able to reach users of their products but if this is a new regulation, it would only be prudent to take a few more off the books otherwise, business will literally be unable to be compliant since it will take longer to read/interpret the regulations than it will to manufacture products!
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Good Grief, said Charlie Brown.

I wonder if I can get get my notifications in Urdu? Maybe I should write to my "congressperson" and demand my rights?? What's next? A national oil filter registry?

More bureaucrats.

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Originally Posted by Drathaar View Post
On the positive side, if your tires are registered, you stand a chance at getting notified if there's a tire recall.
The feds care very little if your tires are recalled for whatever reason.
But you "the buyer" could very well be notified when somewhere down the line, your then worn out or blown out tires are identified as an illegally disposed of tire by some city , county or state agency .
Even if the tires are properly disposed of by you by allowing the dealer that you bought new tires from to take care of it , you will still be held responsible if the old tires wind up dumped in a field or along some back road .
This is the fate of millions of old tires every year and the government will be all to happy to get very deep into your pocket for the deeds of others.
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Anything that improves the cycle time to notify customers of a flawed product is worth developing. Pat
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Some background info:

The current registration system is VOLUNTARY. Tire dealers are NOT required to register the tires, nor are they required to tell someone who purchased what tires. The consumer is ALSO not required to register the tires.

The only persons required to do anything is the tire manufacturer who is required to keep a database of what information they receive. That has resulted in the tire manufacturer only recording a small fraction of the owners of tires. I can't remember the value but it is on the order of 10%.

In other words, if there is a recall, only 10% of the tire owners are known. The rest have to find out about the recall some other way (the news or websites like this one).

The exception is if the tire is supplied to a vehicle manufacturer. Then more owners are known (because of the vehicle manufacturer's warranty system.)
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You know, with all the bitchin, moanin, and complaining about Goodyear Marathon tires (along with other brands), all the discussion of going from 14, to 15, to 16 inch tires, TPMS's of all kinds, and NOT being able to get support from either the tire dealer or manufacturer when a problem arrises, in the forums, I'd have thought that everyone would be jumping for joy that the tire sellers and manufactures could be held accountable with proof of purchase, recall notifications, and length of tire tires where on the shelf before being installed. WOW, I still think that there's room to find more reasons to find fault with a law that is a great start to protecting the consumer... Oh wait, just thought of another reason to scuttle this law, they are violating my privacy. Please feel free to add to the list of why not to embrace this law.

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