September 6, 2019 2:15 PM, EDT

Bridgestone Launches Firestone FT492 Trailer Tire

Bridgestone Tire booth at 2016 Mid-America Trucking ShowA view of the Bridgestone Tire booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., on March 31, 2016. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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Bridgestone Americas Inc. launched a new Firestone FT492 trailer tire.

In a news release Sept. 4, Bridgestone officials said the tire is fuel-efficient, SmartWay-verified and comes in five sizes.

Company officials said the Firestone FT492 tire is compliant with the California Air Resources Board and features a fuel-efficient tread design to promote low-rolling resistance.

Bridgestone Firestone FT492 trailer tire

The new Bridgestone Firestone FT492 trailer tire. It comes in five sizes (Bridgestone Americas).

The trailer tire is engineered with sidewall protection and a wide-tread footprint, Bridgestone officials said.

The Firestone FT492 tire is designed with the latest technological advancements to achieve long-lasting tread wear, according to Ben Johnson, a director of marketing in the truck and bus radial segment for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

The tire, engineered for single- and tandem-axle trailer applications, is designed to be paired with a Bandag retread to optimize the tire’s performance potential by extending casing life and lowering the total cost of tire ownership, Bridgestone officials said.

Company officials said the Firestone FT492 tire for long- and-regional-haul service is available in the U.S. and Canada in the 295/75R22.5 size.

Sizes 11R22.5, 11R22.4, 285/75R24.5 and 255/70R22.5 will be available in November. — Transport Topics