CMA Says Non-Compliant Markings on Double Coin Tires Don't Pose Safety Problem

September 22, 2014

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CMA has notified the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that some 1.75 million Double Coin branded truck radial tires have non-compliant sidewall markings, but it says the non-compliance does not pose any safety or performance issues.

After a full audit in June 2014, CMA notified NHTSA that certain Double Coin tires omitted the Load Range symbol. As confirmed by NHTSA testing, this non-compliance does not pose any safety or performance issues. Furthermore, all Double Coin tires meet FMVSS119 performance and endurance requirements.

In addition, all Double Coin tires’ sidewall markings include redundant markings that correspond to Load Range Capacities including Load Index for both single and dual placement, Ply Rating, and Maximum Load Rating with Corresponding Inflation Pressure (single and dual load), according to the company.

“The important factor is that the tires meet all safety and endurance standards and are neither defective nor performing poorly," says Aaron C. Murphy, vice president of CMA. "CMA is working with NHTSA and has petitioned NHTSA for an exemption from the recall requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Act based on the fact that the non-compliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.”

The Double Coin tires in question were manufactured with DOT dates of 2611 to 2514. In addition, many of the Double Coin tires in the market today do comply with sidewall marking requirements. There have been no field complaints or adjustments with regard to the non-compliant sidewall markings.

At this point, no further action is required until NHTSA rules on the petition.

“After internal revisions, CMA and Double Coin have placed the additional mark on all sidewalls of Double Coin tires being sold to U.S. based customers. ” Murphy says.

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