Tire Performance Standards
USTMA successfully advocated for safety-enhancing and pro-competitive provisions to the 2015 federal highway bill known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
By raising the bar for tire performance, these provisions help to ensure ever-increasing value for consumers and advance U.S. tire manufacturers’ competitiveness. The provisions will align U.S. tire performance standards with other nations by establishing minimum standards for tire fuel efficiency and wet traction.
The FAST Act also includes provisions promoted by USTMA to improve the tire recall process and help consumers identify recalled tires. We’re now working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement these provisions and are in constant contact with Congress to inform them of our progress.
USTMA members are committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout a tire’s life cycle, including focusing on:
- Manufacturing products that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions;
- Research and development of materials with lower carbon footprints;
- Proactive measures to reduce GHG emissions from our manufacturing facilities; and
- Advancing the circular economy for scrap tires.
Read more about USTMA’s climate policy positions.
USTMA is the industry’s leader in educating Congress about the urgent need to promote competitiveness and safety by improving America’s crumbling infrastructure.
U.S. businesses—including tire manufacturers—depend on safe roads, bridges, ports and railways to move their products to market. Deteriorating roads pose a safety hazard to motorists: AAA estimates that potholes cause nearly $3 billion in vehicle damages annually.
We see an exciting new era on the horizon, where autonomous vehicles (AVs) promise to significantly reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities on U.S. roads. Since tires will remain critical safety components for AVs, USTMA will represent the industry as new laws and regulations develop for this far-reaching transformation.
Tire manufacturers are subject to numerous federal and state regulations affecting safety, the environment, labor, trade and others. USTMA works closely with regulators to educate them about new developments, share data and advocate for effective regulation that improves safety and enhances environmental protection without inhibiting job creation or economic growth.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
In addition to coordinating with NHTSA to implement the important regulations authorized by the FAST Act, we’re working to identify opportunities to streamline regulations to accommodate current and future tire technologies that enhance safety and efficiency. USTMA maintains consistent contact with NHTSA regulators to advocate for regulations that bring meaningful safety and environmental improvements.
Environmental Protection Agency
USTMA members support EPA’s implementation of the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which updated the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the nation’s principal federal chemical law. We support a robust federal approach for regulating chemicals to prevent a patchwork of varying state regulations. Additionally, we support a transparent, science based approach for performing chemical risk assessment and advocate for EPA to engage downstream manufacturers early in the process for reviewing chemical substances
We’re also proactively engaging with EPA as the agency undertakes a review of air emissions from tire manufacturing facilities. Anticipating this analysis, USTMA has been active in preparing the industry for EPA’s review by educating EPA about tire manufacturing, how USTMA member facilities calculate air emissions, and proactive changes USTMA members have made to reduce hazardous air emissions.
Among the many materials used to make tires is a high-quality grade of steel that provides strength, high load-carrying capacity, puncture resistance and durability. Access to this important material is critical to the U.S. tire manufacturing industry.
The U.S. Department of Commerce launched a broad-based investigation of steel imports to the U.S. that could threaten the availability of the unique steel used in tire manufacturing. A decision is expected by early 2018.
Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. §1862) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to conduct comprehensive investigations to determine the effects of imports of any article on the national security of the United States.
USTMA is requesting that specific types of tire cord-quality steel wire rod, tire cord and bead wire be excluded from the Commerce Department investigation since domestic suppliers cannot meet volume and quality needs for this critical tire safety component.
Stopping Unsafe Used Tires
USTMA firmly believes businesses should not be permitted to install tires that are worn out, damaged or exhibit other unsafe conditions. In Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio and California, we successfully advocated for legislation to reduce the availability of unsafe used tires. We are now working to support similar efforts in several other states to protect drivers from this safety hazard.
For many years, USTMA has promoted effective scrap tire legislation and regulations to prevent end-of-life tires from becoming an environmental blight. We support improvements in scrap tire markets and reductions in stockpiled tires. We continue to advocate for strong, market-based state programs with real enforcement behind them to deter illegal dumping and the re-emergence of stockpiles.
USTMA supports additional research to understand the impact of 6PPD-quinone on the environment and supports review of 6PPD under California’s Green Chemistry Program. Read more about our work on 6PPD research support.