First GT Radial long-haul tires gain SmartWay nod

Dec. 2, 2010
The GT Radial GSL213 FS steer tire and Gt669+ FS drive tire have received SmartWay verification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the company. GT said this means “these products reduce emissions and provide an estimated fuel savings of three percent or greater against market leading on-highway commercial truck tires.” These are the first GT Radial tires to receive SmartWay verification

The GT Radial GSL213 FS steer tire and Gt669+ FS drive tire have received SmartWay verification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the company. GT said this means “these products reduce emissions and provide an estimated fuel savings of three percent or greater against market leading on-highway commercial truck tires.” These are the first GT Radial tires to receive SmartWay verification.

“This is an important milestone for our customers and company,” said Tom McNamara, vp of sales for GITI Tire USA. “Our customers are reducing fuel costs, one of their highest expenses. We have received confirmation on the technology of our products and commitment to the environment.”

The GSL213 FS is a long-haul steer tire with an extra wide and deep tread design for longer tread life. Decoupling grooves and braking force ribs reduce the spread of irregular wear. It is available in 11R22.5 (14 and 16 ply), 11R24.5, 295/75R22.5 and 285/75R24.5 (all 14 ply) sizes.

The GT Radial Gt669+ FS drive tire features an advanced compound for long tread life and a deep aggressive pattern for consistent traction and optimum braking. The drive tire also has a wide tread footprint for stability and longer life, as well as a robust casing for outstanding retreadability, the company said. It is available in 11R22.5 (14 and 16 ply), 11R24.5 (14 and 16 ply), and 295/75R22.5 (14 ply) sizes.

McNamara said that the SmartWay verification is very important to the company from an environmental standpoint as GITI, the global producer of GT Radial products, has a strong history of supporting environmental conservation initiatives and participating in community-based social programs.

For example, he pointed out that company is playing a major role in helping protect 1,000,000 acres of mostly intact rain forest in the Batang Toru and Batang Gadis National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia. These areas are considered as one of the most critical ecosystems in the world, containing over 400 species including the Sumatran tiger and orangutan, McNamara noted.

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