Registration and Conformity Assessment Process for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks Wheels

  • 2015-08-12
  • SAE International

The SAE J2530 provides performance, sampling, test procedures, and marking requirements for wheels intended for normal highway use on passenger cars, light trucks, and multipurpose passenger vehicle. This Recommended Practice (which is separate from SAE J2530) specifies the workflow of the Wheel Conformity Assessment Program. This program allows wheel manufacturers to register their product compliant to SAE J3010. The following items precede display of “SAE J3010” on any particular wheel design:

a. Manufacturer registration

All manufactures with the objective to pursue registration, shall complete the registration as an individual manufacturer via the registrar’s website http://wheeldb.registrar.domain. The registration includes company contact information, wheels produced, and company identification marks.

b. Wheel design certification

All wheel designs intended for certification in accordance to this Recommended Practice, shall complete the application and submittal of test results via the above stated registrar website and in accordance to the procedures herewith.

c. Use of SAE J3010

Upon completion of the conformity assessment process, the Program Manager will post the image, identification, and conformity report of the wheel design on the corresponding website. Use of the “SAE J3010” mark in any form is restricted only to wheels noted in the online version of the Comprehensive Wheel Registry (REG-CWR).

d. Wheel test facility or laboratory accreditation registration

All facilities or laboratories (first-, second-, or third-party) intended for wheel testing under the subject conformity assessment process, shall complete the application and submittal of test results via the above stated registrar website and in accordance to the procedures herewith. Accreditation from the registrar is required before providing valid test reports as part of this conformity assessment program.

Manufacturers of wheels for passenger cars and light trucks, who advertise their products as "Conforms to SAE J3010" and label their product with the "SAE J3010" mark, shall follow these procedures. Conformity assessment of products to SAE J3010 is voluntary; however, adherence to these procedures is mandatory for those advertising their products as “Conforming to SAE J3010.” Wheel designs using the “SAE J3010” mark meet the requirements of SAE J2530.

This conformity assessment program does not include other parameters like inner profile of the wheel and fitment to the brake or vehicle suspension, ventilation hole cooling efficiency, wheel attachment or length of thread engagement, etc., which are necessary for complete fitment and suitability to vehicles.


This Recommended Practice provides an industry-approved and peer-reviewed document pertaining to the proper processes to (1) become a registered wheel supplier, (2) become an approved testing facility or laboratory, and (3) obtain and maintain a declaration of conformity (or conformity assessment) for a wheel design when testing per SAE J2530.

This Recommended Practice provides an efficient, competently conducted, market-oriented conformity assessment using common requirements. It also makes requirements and procedures open and transparent to all applicants with equal treatment, establishes the guidelines to make the process prompt and efficient, and ensures accurate and timely status on a given wheel regarding its conformity assessment. Lastly, it undertakes reasonable surveillance procedures to ensure continued conformity of the product to the herein stated requirements (See ANSI NCAP).

The process and main elements of this conformity assessment program use the main elements of product certification and statistical methods used across the industry and well documented on several ISO guides and standards. The systematic surveillance activities are the basis for maintaining the validity of the statement of certification (see ISO 17000). This SAE Recommended Practice is intended as a guide towards standard practices and is subject to change to keep pace with experience and technical advances.

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J3010_201508 2015-08-12 Latest Issued
  • SAE J 3010
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