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TPC marking important for consumers
Tire test standards at GM are stringent – and include testing for tires for all GM makes, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. Since the Tire-Wheel Systems Group was formed in 1968, more than 20,000 tire constructions have been tested.
GM uses Tire Performance Criteria (TPC) markings which serve as a “seal of approval” for tires that meet or exceed the automaker’s tire standards. In order for tires to earn the TPC rating, they have to deliver exceptional results in traction and handling, tread wear, noise, endurance and other factors.
But the TPC markings are also important for consumers. It lets them know what to look for when shopping for replacement tires. The point is to buy tires just like the ones that came with the vehicle, including having the same TPC markings.
Safety is a key consideration in the purchase of any family vehicle. To that point, the 2011 Buick Enclave is the recipient of a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and earned a five-star overall vehicle safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) more stringent testing.
Bottom line, the next time you look at the tires of your GM car, take comfort in knowing that they’ve been engineered and tested to be the best they can possibly be. As for the stories they could tell, well, that we’ll just have to imagine.