WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2004) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted 4-0 to abolish its “Tire Advertising and Labeling Guides” after nearly seven decades.
The Guides, which were first issued in 1936 and completely revised in 1968 with a slight change in 1994, “have been rendered obsolete because of changes in the market” and in federal laws and regulations, the FTC ruled.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association and Tire Industry Association, responding to the commission's call for comments on the guides last year, suggested the documents should be revised but not rescinded.
The RMA will be studying the FTC decision, “but based on the fact that the commission found that the provisions of the Guides are addressed by other laws, this appears to be a very reasonable decision,” an RMA spokesman said. TIA officials could not immediately be reached for comment.