Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations (SOR/2013-198)

Regulations are current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2015-05-15. Previous Versions

CMVSS 139 — New Radial Ply Tires for Motor Vehicles With a GVWR of 4 536 kg or less

Marginal note:TSD 139
  •  (1) Tires, other than tires of a class prescribed by subsection 3(1) or 4(1), that are radial ply tires designed for use on a motor vehicle with a GVWR of 4 536 kg or less manufactured on or after January 1, 1975 are prescribed as a class of equipment for the purposes of subsection 3(2) and sections 4 and 5 of the Act, and must conform to the requirements of TSD 139 and section 6.

  • Marginal note:Maximum permissible inflation pressure

    (2) The maximum permissible inflation pressure referred to in S5.5(c) of TSD 139 must be expressed in kilopascals, and may in addition, at the manufacturer’s option, be expressed in pounds per square inch.

  • Marginal note:Maximum load rating

    (3) The maximum load rating referred to in S5.5(d) of TSD 139 must be expressed in kilograms, and may in addition, at the manufacturer’s option, be expressed in pounds.

  • Definition of winter tire

    (4) For the purposes of TSD 139, winter tire means a tire that

    • (a) when tested using the snow traction test described in ASTM F 1805 - 06, Standard Test Method for Single Wheel Driving Traction in a Straight Line on Snow- and Ice-Covered Surfaces, with medium pack snow and a test load equal to 74% of the test inflation rated load described in that test method, attains a traction index equal to or greater than 110 compared to a standard reference test tire that meets the requirements of ASTM E 1136 - 10, Standard Specification for P195/75R14 Radial Standard Reference Test Tire; and

    • (b) is marked on at least one sidewall with the Alpine Symbol specified in S5.5(i) of TSD 139.

  • (5) [Repealed, SOR/2014-307, s. 35]

  • SOR/2014-307, s. 35.

Tire Identification Number

Marginal note:Tires of a class prescribed by subsection 3(1) or 4(1)
  •  (1) Every tire of a class prescribed by subsection 3(1) or 4(1) must have a tire identification number on one of its sidewalls.

  • Marginal note:Tires of a class prescribed by subsection 5(1)

    (2) Every tire of a class prescribed by subsection 5(1) must have

    • (a) a tire identification number on one of its sidewalls; and

    • (b) a tire identification number or a partial tire identification number on its other sidewall.

  • Marginal note:Manner and location

    (3) The tire identification number and partial tire identification number must be permanently moulded into or onto the tire

    • (a) in the manner and at the location specified in Schedule 1; and

    • (b) at a depth or height of not less than 0.5 mm and not more than 1 mm as measured from the immediate surrounding surface of the tire.

  • Marginal note:Mandatory symbols

    (4) The tire identification number must consist of the following groups of symbols:

    • (a) two or three symbols approved by the Minister or by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that identify the manufacturer of the tire;

    • (b) two symbols that identify the size designation of the tire; and

    • (c) four symbols that identify, in the following manner, the tire’s date of manufacture:

      • (i) the first two symbols correspond to the week of manufacture of the tire, with “01” indicating the week that begins on the first Sunday in a year, “02” indicating the week that begins on the second Sunday in the year, and so on until and including the week that begins on the last Sunday in the year, and

      • (ii) the last two symbols are the last two digits of the year in which the week identified in accordance with subparagraph (i) begins.

  • Marginal note:Optional symbols

    (5) At the manufacturer’s option, to identify the tire type, the tire identification number may also include not more than four symbols that

    • (a) identify the owner of the brand name, if applicable; and

    • (b) form a code identifying the main characteristics of the tire.

  • Marginal note:Laser-etching

    (6) At the manufacturer’s option, instead of being permanently moulded into or onto the tire, the symbols referred to in paragraph (4)(c) may, not later than 24 hours after the tire is removed from the mould, be permanently laser-etched into it

    • (a) in the manner and at the location specified in Schedule 1; and

    • (b) at a depth or height of not less than 0.5 mm and not more than 1 mm as measured from the immediate surrounding surface of the tire.

  • Marginal note:Permitted symbols

    (7) The tire identification number may consist of any of the following symbols:

    • (a) 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9; and

    • (b) A, B, C, D, E, F, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, R, T, U, V, W, X and Y.

National Safety Mark

Marginal note:Authorization by Minister
  •  (1) For the purposes of subsection 3(2) of the Act, on application by a company, the Minister may, in the form set out in Schedule 2, authorize the company to apply a national safety mark to a tire.

  • Marginal note:Application of the national safety mark

    (2) For the purposes of subsection 3(2) of the Act, when a company applies the national safety mark to a tire, the company must

    • (a) reproduce the symbol set out in Schedule II to the Act with the minimum height specified in Figure 2 of Schedule 1; and

    • (b) permanently mould the symbol into or onto one sidewall of the tire

      • (i) in one of the places shown in Figure 2 of Schedule 1, and

      • (ii) at a depth or height of not less than 0.5 mm and not more than 1 mm as measured from the immediate surrounding surface of the sidewall.

Tire Information

Marginal note:Manufacturers and importers
  •  (1) A company must, in respect of the tires of each specific size designation and type that it manufactures or imports, provide to the Minister, at the address set out in Schedule 3, to the dealers of the tires, and to any person who requests it, the following information:

    • (a) a list of the rims designed for use with the tires, together with a diagram and the dimensions of each of the rims;

    • (b) a table showing the type of construction and the intended use of the tires, together with the various load ratings; and

    • (c) a table and diagram showing the dimensions of the tires.

  • Marginal note:Non-application

    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of tires of a specific size designation and type if the information specified in that subsection in respect of the tires appears in a publication issued by any of the following:

    • (a) the Tire and Rim Association, Inc.;

    • (b) the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation;

    • (c) the Japan Automobile Tire Manufacturers’ Association, Inc.;

    • (d) the Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V.;

    • (e) the British Standards Institution;

    • (f) the Scandinavian Tire and Rim Organization – STRO;

    • (g) the Tyre and Rim Association of Australia;

    • (h) the Associação Latino Americana de Pneus e Aros;

    • (i) the Tire and Rim Engineering Data Committee of South Africa;

    • (j) the South African Bureau of Standards;

    • (k) the Indian Tyre Technical Advisory Committee; or

    • (l) the Instituto Argentino de Normalización y Certificación.

Records

Marginal note:Compliance
  •  (1) For the purposes of paragraph 5(1)(g) of the Act, a company must, in respect of each tire to which the national safety mark is applied or that is imported into Canada, maintain in writing or in readily readable electronic or optical form records showing that the tire conforms to all prescribed standards applicable to it. The records must be in one of the official languages of Canada. The company must retain the records for at least five years after the day on which the tire is manufactured or, if the tire is imported into Canada, after the day of importation.

  • Marginal note:If records maintained on behalf of company

    (2) If the records are maintained by a person on behalf of a company, the company must keep the name and address of the person.

  • Marginal note:Tires imported from United States

    (3) If a tire is imported from the United States, records that the manufacturer of the tire maintains and makes available to the Administrator of the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in accordance with section 30166, chapter 301, title 49 of the United States Code are considered to meet the requirements of subsection (1).

 
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