rule would improve mandtory tire registration by allowing tire
dealers to electronically register tires at the point of sale
via the Internet.
The U.S. Small Business
Administration's Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) today announced
its support of the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration's (NHTSA) Proposed Tire Registration and
Recordkeeping Rule - See printable version of Rule
72 Fed. Reg. 4157. NHTSA's proposed rule would allow for the
Internet registration of tires that consumers purchase.
The proposed rule would reduce costs and recordkeeping
requirements for small tire dealers as well as improve
registration rates so that consumers get notified of tire safety
In order to be able to notify consumers of tire safety recalls,
Congress mandated that every tire manufacturer maintain records
of the names and addresses of the first purchasers of tires that
the manufacturer produces. In accordance with that mandate,
NHTSA established a tire registry program that required all tire
dealers to record the name and address of the purchaser of the
tire, along with the dealer's name and address, and forward that
information to the tire manufacturer. However, Congress later
excluded independent tire dealers from some provisions of the
rule, requiring only that they give the consumer a tire
registration card that the consumer could complete and mail back
to the manufacturer. The regulation mandated the exact content
of the card as well as its specific size and dimensions. In
2000, Congress increased the record retention requirements on
tire manufacturers from three to five years.
While the tire registration program has been successful in some
respects, it has failed to take advantage of the Internet and
other electronic technologies to register tires, which has
resulted in low tire registration rates. As a result, tire
dealers have been saddled with burdensome paperwork requirements
and many consumers have not received timely tire safety recall
information. NHTSA’s proposed rule would improve this situation
by specifically allowing tire dealers to electronically transmit
tire registry information to the manufacturer via the Internet.
NHTSA's proposed rule would improve this situation by
specifically allowing tire dealers to electronically register
tires at the point of sale and transmit the consumer's
information to the manufacturer via the Internet. The proposed
rule is supported by small automobile and tire dealers.
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