Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed a new, consumer-friendly tire label that would include information about the tire’s impact on fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

The labels, which would mark the first time the information has been included, would be applied to replacement tires.  Tires with low rolling resistance can contribute to improved fuel economy.

In addition to the fuel efficiency ratings, the proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would also include information on wet weather traction and tread wear. All three ratings would be prominently displayed on a removable label attached to the tire at the point of sale.

The new ratings would also appear on NHTSA’s website to help consumers compare ratings as they shop for new tires.

NHTSA is required to issue a final ruling on the proposal by December 2009.

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