Your May 13 story on my talk before the World Tire Conference in Louisville, Ky., confused the facts of the two subjects covered-namely, tires used in the steer-axle position, and casings lacking the original manufacturer's DOT number. First, until the new Retreading Standards are adopted in California, retreaders are required to brand tires used in steer-axle positions with the ``CRSC'' symbol. This is being enforced by the California Highway Patrol at its inspection stations.
We still are using the 1972 CRSC standards referred to in California Motor Vehicle Title 13 law. But when the new Retreading standards are adopted to replace the old CRSC standards, in about 12 months, the CRSC brand will be replaced with the F1 or F2 designation used in the retreader's DOT marking.
The need for updating the standards on steer-axle retreading became apparent several years before 1994 when the Highway Patrol stopped a truck for not having a manufacturer's DOT number on the casing. The Patrol is working with our industry and has not been enforcing this regulation to allow us to come up with a solution. We have. California will adopt the Retreading Standards and the retreader will add the initials ``RS'' to his DOT marking indicating the casing has been retreaded to minimum industry standards.
I appreciate your clearing this up. If anyone has a question, they can contact me: (800) 576-2837.
Western States Tire & Automotive Service Assn.