Sean Kane: ‘How about a Tire Identification Number consumers can read?’

From Westlaw Journal Automotive: Sean Kane of Safety Research & Strategies, an advocacy group for vehicle and product safety, says the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s new rule on Tire Identification Numbers is a small improvement at best.

In a blog post, Kane says “NHTSA’s tinkering with the foundation of the tire recall system, but we doubt it will do anything to make it stronger.  The proposed changes to the Tire Identification Number regulations will make things less confusing for manufacturers and NHTSA — consumers and tire technicians that use the TIN to determine if tires are recalled or too old — not so much.”

In a letter to NHTSA, Kane’s group noted its disagreement with the agency’s decision to require the TIN be molded on only one side of the tire, and its failure to add a TIN search function to its public Web portal to make updated recall data more accessible.

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