DAYTON, Tenn. — The tire maker that claims to have invented the winter tire soon will show consumers that a line of its tires has passed a ice-gripping test to make their travel smoother.
Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is adding an "ice grip" symbol to the sidewalls of its Hakkapeliitta 10 and R5 passenger, SUV and EV tires that indicates they have passed rigorous testing on icy surfaces, according to standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The symbol may start appearing on tires sold in North America and other parts of the world as soon as this winter, according to the Nokia, Finland-based tire maker.
To be eligible for the symbol, Nokian said the tires' ice performance was verified through an internationally agreed-upon ice-braking test by an accredited independent test laboratory. Tires had to perform at least 18% better than a standard reference tire to receive the symbol.