Editor's note: The following e-mailed letters first appeared on the Tire Business Web site, www.tirebusiness.com, in response to the online question in the graphic below:
Few favor more legislation
When Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) was instituted, it was slated to provide consumers with truthful information on actual wear and traction results. I think few will say that it has successfully fulfilled that role. Based on that premise, I would need more information before I validated this idea.
Antioch Tire Inc.
Elk Grove Village, Ill.
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I believe less rolling resistance is evolving and being developed by the tire manufacturers. Why is legislation necessary to complicate the issue when it is already being developed?
Terry's OK Tire Store
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The motoring public doesn't care about keeping proper air pressure in their tires, nor does Congress give a hoot either, or they would have made the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) program more stringent. Air pressure affects fuel economy to a far greater extent than any improvement in rolling resistance. It would also limit consumer choices.
Montvale Tire Co.
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Like the old UTQG grade labeling, this would further confuse the tire-buying public. They still can't equate the current quality comparisons among major, private and house brands. The consumer must rely on the tire dealer to sell them what they really need, assuming the dealer takes the time to help educate the public.
John L. O'Rourke
Vice president of custom brands (retired)
Kelly-Springfield Tire Co.