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U.S. to Launch Tire Consumer Information Program by 2017

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/11/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Now that CAFÉ standards have been set through 2025, U.S. regulators are working on rules for relaying fuel economy information on tires to the public. The final rule will be completed by 2017.

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The program will not mandate that tires reach a certain level of energy efficiency, but should help consumers make more informed decisions when looking for replacement tires on their vehicles. While cars tend to start off with low-rolling-resistance tires from the manufacturer, consumers will often replace these efficient tires with products with higher rolling resistance, which may reduce fuel economy. An estimated 141 million tires sold each year do not have the proper rolling resistance.

According to the Department of Transportation, proper tire maintenance along with the use of low-rolling-resistance tires can save a driver up to $80 a year and curb 560 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. And if a full 10 percent of aftermarket tires on passenger cars were upgraded with improved rolling resistance, the nation could save over $200 million by foregoing 72 million gallons of fuel.

Believe it or not, the government has already begun work on improving the fuel economy of the nation's tires. The government has injected $12 million in supporting tire research and development, and has required that all new vehicles starting with the 2008 model year come equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems. In May 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched TireWise, a campaign that provides consumers information on choosing and caring for tires. Building off the program, the government has launched Tire Safety Month from December 9, 2014 to January 9, 2015, when a number of companies -- Bridgestone and Goodyear to name a few -- will offer free inspections and/or tire inflation to customers across the nation.

Source: The White House

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