Kenneth N. Weinstein
Mayer Brown LLP
1999 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Dear Mr. Weinstein:
This letter responds to your request on behalf of Continental AG and its affiliate companies (Continental) for approval of the use of the G006 print type in tire identification numbers, pursuant to Note 3 of Figure 1 in 49 CFR 574.5. NHTSA is granting your request.
Note 1 of Figure 1 of 49 CFR 574.5 states that the tire identification number, which must appear on every new and retreaded tire, will be in the following fonts: “’Futura Bold, Modified Condensed’ or ‘Gothic.’” However, Note 3 states that other print types will be permitted if approved by NHTSA.
On behalf of Continental, you seek approval of a print type known as G006, which you state is very close to “Futura Condensed.” You have provided examples of both the G006 print type and Futura Condensed for our review.
In the final rule establishing Part 574 (35 FR 17257, November 10, 1970), NHTSA explained that the reason for specifying only four print types which would be acceptable without advance agency approval was to ensure that the information would be easily readable by all people. The G006 print type that you have submitted is easily readable and thus satisfies our concerns. Accordingly, NHTSA approves use of the G006 print type.
I hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions about this issue, please feel free to contact David Jasinski of my office at (202) 366-2992.
O. Kevin Vincent
Ref: Part 574