Kevin Rohlwing

Vital component 

If you ask 50 tire experts to name the most important part of a tubeless radial truck tire assembly, you will probably get a number of different answers. Some will point to different aspects of design or materials in the single-piece rim because that eliminated side and lock rings thereby saving the lives of technicians who serviced the assemblies. Others might focus on the 15-deg. bead taper of the tire or advances related to innerliner technology that resulted in the dominance of tubeless tires in the market.

Tire registration and recalls 

With recent passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, tire manufacturers were successful in their efforts to switch the tire registration system from voluntary to mandatory. Under the current version of 49 CFR Part 574—Tire Identification and Recordkeeping, the seller of a tire(s) is required to provide the purchaser or lessor with the tire identification number(s), or TIN, so the purchaser or lessor can register the tire(s) with the manufacturer.

Political rubber 

With presidential primaries on the horizon and every form of media reporting on the candidates, many people have politics on the mind. Before too long, lawn signs and car stickers will be out in force because supporters can exercise their right to free speech in an election. What should be a celebration of democracy has turned into the world’s most popular reality television show.

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