Sunday, January 17, 2010

Michelin Tires Clarifies its Position on Winter Tires on Friday

Laval, January 13, 2010

Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. wants to clarify its position on the tires to be used on Class 1, Class 2 and some Class 3 light truck vehicles (see chart on page 2) for safe driving during the winter.

For Class 1, Class 2 and some Class 3 vehicles equipped with four tires, we reiterate our recommendation to use winter tires on all wheel positions.

For Class 1, Class 2 and some Class 3 dual drive vehicles with 6 tire positions, Michelin recommends to use winter tires in all positions to provide the optimum balance of performance and overall vehicle stability. However, some Canadian fleets are using winter tires (4) only on the drive axle, which could prevent potential oversteer. From observations of these fleets, we believe this is permissible.

Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.

Michel Boutin

Michelin Amérique du Nord (Canada) inc.
Michelin North America (Canada), Inc.

3020, Avenue Jacques-Bureau T : 450-978-4700
Laval (Québec) Canada
H7P 6G