The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which developed S. 1741, praised the senators for introducing the bill.
“This legislation will significantly help improve consumer safety, vehicle fuel economy and industry global competitiveness as well,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs.
When federal law established voluntary tire registration in 1982, the RMA said, the tire registration rate dropped from nearly 50 percent to about 15 percent.
“By requiring registration at the point of sale, registration rates will increase and manufacturers will be better able to meet their requirement to notify consumers of a tire recall,” the association said in a July 10 press release.
Since several nations already have tire fuel efficiency and wet-traction requirements, mandating those standards here “helps to ensure that the United States does not become a dumping ground for lower-performing tires,” the RMA said.