Cooper wins NHTSA ruling

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WASHINGTON (Aug. 19, 2014) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has granted Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s petition for a finding of inconsequential noncompliance in the case of 83,343 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ brand LT315/70R17 Load Range D tires.

Cooper manufactured the tires between Jan. 28, 2006 and Oct. 31,2013, the tire maker told NHTSA. Through a molding error, the tires contained only five of the treadwear indicators required by federal safety standards, instead of the required six.

Cooper argued that the absence of one treadwear indicator is inconsequential to highway safety. NHTSA agreed, and granted Cooper’s petition in an Aug. 19 Federal Register notice.

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When is the last time you attended one of the national tire industry trade shows, such as SEMA, ITEC or the North American Tire & Retread Expo?

I try and take in at least one show a year.
30%
I usually attend one every few years.
14%
There are so many tire maker and distributor meetings each year, I don’t see a need to attend one of the national shows.
12%
I don’t find value in these shows and haven’t been to one in years.
19%
I’d like to but I am too busy
25%