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USTMA develops online tool for tire recalls

U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has developed an online lookup tool to help consumers determine if a tire is subject to a recall conducted by USTMA members only. All USTMA members manufacture tires in the U.S.

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act requires the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a tire recall lookup tool based upon Tire Identification Numbers (TIN) to enable consumers and tire sellers to determine whether a tire is subject to a recall. USTMA strongly supports implementation of this pro-consumer, pro-safety provision.

The NHTSA requirement would apply to all tire manufacturers that sell products in the U.S., not just those that have a U.S. manufacturing presence.

All tire recalls are required by law to be reported to NHTSA but the agency currently does not maintain an easy, consumer-friendly database to search for tire recall information. A searchable system for automobile recalls using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is available on NHTSA’s web site, and USTMA is working with NHTSA to consider whether the USTMA TIN-lookup tool can be a good model for the database NHTSA is required to implement under the FAST Act.

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