Did a quick search - didn't see these details provided in an earlier thread, so I thought I'd share with the rest of you - especially those that live in PA.
So, here's the deal. I bought a 2012 CPO S60 T6 last May. Absolutely love the car. Good value - great price, love the T6, etc, etc. Bought the car at a dealership about 3 hours from my house (let's just call them "Dealer A").
Car came with Michelin Primacy mxm4's (235/40R18) - 91H. When I bought the car in May 2016, it had about 50,000 on the odometer. Fast forward to April 2017, and I take the car in for inspection at a local Volvo dealership (we'll call them "Dealer B"). They proceed to tell me that the car would not pass inspection because the tires "were illegal" (yes - those are the words they used). I talked to the service writer twice - and really couldn't understand this issue. How is it that a Volvo dealership can sell a CPO vehicle with a certain tire, and 11 months later that tire is classified as "illegal”? He couldn't explain that issue to me, which made the whole situation even more frustrating. When my wife went back to Dealer B to pick up the car, he gave her a copy of a PA DOT Vehicle Inspection Division Safety Inspection Bulletin (dated September 2014):
175.80(e)(xxii) requires the vehicle to be rejected if a tire is smaller than the manufacturer's recommended minimum size or below the manufacturer's recommended load range.
For clarification purposes:
Tire size and load range are determined by the individual vehicle manufacturer. Gross vehicle weight along with the ability of the tire side wall construction to withstand stress on turns and the extreme force exerted on from tires during braking at freeway speeds are some of the factors that dictate load range. It is the load range rating branded on a tires sidewall that identifies how much load the tire is designed to carry at its industry specified pressure. Operating a vehicle with improper tire size and load range could affect the stability control of a vehicle, having an adverse effect on the vehicle and others on the road. Tires are subjected to adverse conditions and Safety Inspection Inspectors determine if a vehicle's tires conform to manufacturer's specification and minimum tire conditions.
Regulations are not grandfathered, due to the fact that there could be two types of vehicles on Pennsylvania roadways: those with tires that pass the safety inspection in accordance with the regulation; and tires considered passable due to a grandfathering clause, but that do not meet the regulatory standard. This would be a cause for concern for public safety. The Pennsylvania Safety Inspection Program is committed to ensure the safety of all citizens traveling up the roadways.
The service tech wrote, “91 load rating on car. Needs to be 95 or above”.
So - if you have an S60 with tires that have a load rating of 91 (or below) - and you live in PA - you may have problems getting your inspection completed. Just want you guys to be aware.
Has anybody else experienced this?