WASHINGTON (May 4, 2005) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) won't share information about Phase 2 of its truck tire testing program with the Rubber Manufacturers Association, as the RMA requested, according to an association spokesman.
The RMA believes NHTSA has completed Phase 2 of testing, data from which will help form the proposed revision of truck tire safety standards due out later this year. “We requested their test matrix and what kinds of tires they tested, so that our members could replicate their testing and have a handle on what they are looking for,” the spokesman said. “We just wanted to be prepared for when the proposed rule came out, so that our members wouldn't have to start rapidly testing tires during the 60-day comment period.
“We thought this would facilitate the rulemaking process, but NHTSA did not choose to share that information with us.”
NHTSA and RMA officials are scheduled to meet May 25 to discuss truck tire safety issues.