Michelin calls for universal worn-tire testing procedures

Detroit, Michigan — Citing safety, performance, economic and ecological reasons, Michelin North America Inc. is calling on the vehicle and tire industries to consider adopting testing procedures for partially worn tires.

Noting that the automotive and tire industries typically focus on braking distance — especially wet braking — as a key safety-related performance factor, Michelin Chairman and President Scott Clark pointed out in a media briefing at this week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit that Michelin’s internal tests show that worn tires are more…

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