RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (June 17, 2003) — Falken Tire Corp. has begun taking DOT tire registrations on its Web site at www.falkentire.com.
The tire registration site is accessible through the “Tech & Warranties” section.
Other tire makers, including Pirelli Tire North America Inc. and Yokohama Tire Corp., also have added online registration in addition to paper forms. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires tire makers to provide their customers with registration cards for the voluntary registration of tires.
The Tire Industry Association and the Rubber Manufacturers Association support the use of Web-based registration and are urging NHTSA to change the rules that now mandate paper forms. But CIMS Inc., an Akron-based company that offers tire registration forms and serves as a clearinghouse for collected information, has denounced the practice. CIMS estimates that 28.6 percent of all forms are returned, above the 10-percent estimate of the RMA.