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New automobile tyres over 6 years from the date of manufacture must not be marketed beginning January 1, 2017 BSMI, MOEA November 11, 2016
Organization: Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection, M.O.E.A., R.O.C.        Publish Date: 2016-12-15 16:11
To make sure that aged tyres do not affect driving safety, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) announced that, as of January 1, 2017, the date of manufacture for new automobile tyres must be checked and that new tyres over 6 years from the date of manufacture should not be marketed in Taiwan.

Tyre forms a very important part of a car because it supports the weight of the vehicle and its quality affects driving safety. Since April 1, 1980, the BSMI has included new automobile tyres in the mandatory inspection list. The specification of all imported and domestically manufactured new automobile tyres must comply with CNS 1431 "Automobile tyres" before being marketed in Taiwan. With the recent revision of CNS 1431, the date of manufacture for new automobile tyres is added in the checklist and new tyres over 6 years from the date of manufacture shall be deemed as non-compliant, and must not be imported or marketed.

The BSMI said that it will enhance the market survey for new automobile tyres beginning January 1, 2017. According to Article 6-4 of the Commodity Inspection Act, sellers that display or sell new automobile tyres imported or domestically manufactured after January 1, 2017 with over 6 years from the date of manufacture will be notified to pull the tyres from the shelves. Sellers that refuse to do so within a given time will be imposed with a fine between NTD 10,000 and NTD 100,000. Sellers may be fined each time for the successive violation of the same nature, according to Article 60-2 of the Commodity Inspection Act.

The BSMI urges importers and manufacturers to provide new automobile tyres that comply with CNS 1431. Sellers are also reminded not to display or sell new tyres over 6 years from the date of manufacture. Consumers should be aware of the following criteria when purchasing tyres
1)Purchase products that come with a commodity inspection mark.
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2)Choose from recently manufactured tyres with detailed manufacture information. The date of manufacture is a code of four digits on the side of the tyre. The first two digits denotes the week number of the year and the last two digits the year (e.g., 1114 denoting the 11th week of 2014).
3)Choose and use tyres according to the pamphlet provided by car manufacturers.
4)Adhere to regular maintenance routine and seek professional help when you discover a crack, a cut, a thorn, or pebbles.
5)Suggest that the service life of tyres should not exceed 10 years from the date of manufacture.

For more information, please check the "News" category under the "Announcement" on the BSMI website at http://www.bsmi.gov.tw or call the 0800-007123 toll free number.

Agency in charge: Inspection Administrative Division(Second Division)
Contact person: Mr. Huei-Shiun Lin
Telephone:(02)23431776
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