Although many companies manufacture tires in U.S. factories, as of 2014, only a few American-owned tire manufacturers remain: Cooper Tires, Titan Tires, Denman Tires, Goodyear and Kelly Springfield. Of these, Kelly Springfield is owned by Goodyear, while Titan Tires owns and produces both Denman tires and Goodyear brand farm tires.Know More
While these are the only remaining U.S. owned tire manufacturers, a number of other brands are members of the Rubber Manufacturers' Association, the union which supports U.S. tire manufacturers. The members of the RMA are Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper, Goodyear, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama, which is also a list of all of the major tire companies in the world.
All of these brands have factories in the United States, and their tires are produced by U.S. workers, but most of them have their headquarters located in either Europe or Asia. For instance, Michelin is a French company, and Pirelli is based in Italy, while the head offices for Toyo and Yokohama are in Japan.
Firestone Tires used to be one of the biggest and oldest American tire manufacturers, having been formed in 1900. However, the brand was sold to Japanese company Bridgestone in 1988 and is now wholly Japanese-owned, despite having headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.Learn more about Tires, Rims & Wheels
The average passenger car tire weighs between 20 and 22 pounds, light truck tires less than 17 inches in diameter weigh around 35 pounds, and semi-truck tires weigh between 105 and 110 pounds. The weight of off-road tires varies depending on use, such as for agriculture, mining or large equipment. Scrap tires weigh less than new ones. Passenger tires weigh 25 pounds new, while they weigh 20 pounds as scrap.Full Answer >
During a tire blow-out, the driver should keep the gas pedal pressed, steer in the direction of the skid, and correct the steering to bring the car back into line. After regaining control, the driver should ease off the gas pedal to slow down, and pull off the road when the speed has been reduced.Full Answer >
Tire weight varies based on the type of tire and the manufacturer. The average weight of a passenger car tire is 22 pounds. Light truck tires weigh an average of 35 pounds, and semi-truck tires can weigh up to 110 pounds.Full Answer >
Every tire has a Department of Transportation number, beginning with DOT, on one sidewall. As of April 2015, the first two digits or letters reveal the tire manufacturer. For tires manufactured after January 1, 2000, the last four digits of the number identify the week and year it was manufactured.Full Answer >