WASHINGTON — Daimler Vans U.S.A. L.L.C. has petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a decision of inconsequential noncompliance regarding miscalculated tire load ratings on certain Mercedes-Benz Metris vans.
Daimler's petition involves 24,438 vans, model years 2016 through 2018, manufactured between June 1, 2016, and Sept. 28, 2018.
The vans were certified with a maximum load rating of 775 kilograms (1,708 pounds) per tire or 1,550 kg (3,417 pounds) per axle, Daimler told NHTSA.
However, after dividing the maximum load rating by 1.10 as required under federal regulations, the actual maximum load rating is 750 kg (1,653 pounds) per tire and 1,500 kg (3,307 pounds) per axle, the auto maker said.
The error poses no safety risk because tires are designed to carry significantly more weight than the gross average weight rating (GAWR) on the certification label, Daimler said.
"The Metris vans also have installed the same tire size as the Metris vans sold in Europe that have the same axle weight ratings and those vehicles have performed without incident for years," said the NHTSA notice published in the Sept. 16 Federal Register.