Improper Tire Repair Poses Safety Concern

Know What to Ask When A Flat Needs Fixed

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.February 28, 2008 - Knowing the difference between a proper tire repair and an improper repair could be critical to vehicle safety. A tire industry study showed that nearly 88 percent of tire repairs are performed improperly. An improper tire repair could pose a safety hazard to you and your family and could also affect a tire manufacturer’s warranty.

“Consumers need to know some essential information about tire industry recommended puncture repair procedures,” said Daniel Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “An improperly repaired tire is a safety risk you shouldn’t take.”

One key process in a proper repair is removing a tire from the wheel to inspect any damage that may occur to the inner liner of the tire.

Zielinski said, “Don’t let anyone tell you that a repair can be completed without removing the tire from the wheel. If you’re told by an automotive repair shop that a flat repair will take only five or ten minutes, you should walk out.”

RMA offers tire dealers and automotive repair outlets a detailed wall-chart for proper tire repairs. Among the criteria to perform a proper repair are:

• Repairs are limited to the tread area only;
• Puncture injury cannot be greater than ¼-inch (6mm) in diameter;
• Repairs must be performed by removing the tire from the rim/wheelassembly to perform a complete inspection to assess all damage that may be present ;
• Repairs cannot overlap;
• A rubber stem, or plug, must be applied to fill the puncture injury and a patch must be applied to seal the inner liner. A common repair unit is a one-piece unit with a stem and patch portion. A plug by itself or a patch by itself is an unacceptable repair.

“Ask your tire service technician if he uses tire industry-approved repair procedures,” Zielinski said. “Also, some tire manufacturers may have repair limits or restrictions for some tires, such as run flats and others.”

A 2006 tire industry review of more than 14,000 scrap tires showed 17 percent had been repaired and of that number, 88 percent of repairs were done incorrectly.

Improperly repaired tires can fail while in service, such as by tread-belt separation, which may result in an accident causing serious personal injury or death.

Click here to order RMA’s Proper Repair Procedure Wall Chart.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

Be Tire Smart Resource Kit Now Available Online

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.February 25, 2008 - Tire dealers and automotive service professionals who want to help educate motorists about proper tire care can download a free Be Tire Smart Resource Kit.

The information can be particularly useful during National Tire Safety Week, April 20-26 this year. National Tire Safety Week is an initiative of the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART tire care education program.

The kit includes National Tire Safety Week and Be Tire Smart artwork, guides for planning events, and much more. Additionally, tire dealers and automotive service outlets can order free consumer brochures and posters from RMA.

“The Be Tire Smart Resource Kit can be an effective tool to promote tire care, which can lead to a safer driving experience,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “While it can be useful for National Tire Safety Week, the material is applicable for use throughout the year.”

During National Tire Safety Week, RMA will provide more than 18,000 tire retail, auto dealer, automotive repair shops and others with consumer information for this event. Participants are encouraged to promote the event to encourage motorists to begin practicing basic tire maintenance on a monthly basis. Proper tire care promotes safety, better fuel economy and tire longevity.

To download the free kit visit www.betiresmart.org

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

Shea Resigns as RMA President & CEO

Charles A. Cannon Appointed Interim CEO

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.February 19, 2008 - Donald B. Shea has resigned as president and CEO of the Rubber Manufacturers Association to pursue other opportunities. His resignation was accepted by the RMA Executive Committee and is effective immediately.

Shea joined RMA in 1997 and his service to the industry and RMA membership has been greatly appreciated. The membership and staff of RMA wish him well in his future pursuits.

RMA’s Executive Committee, led by RMA Chairman James MacMaster (Yokohama Tire Corporation), has appointed Charles A. Cannon, PhD, as RMA interim CEO while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement. The search is expected to last approximately three to six months. Cannon begins his service at RMA today.

Cannon is president, Cannon Consultants, a firm dedicated to management, funding and consulting services for trade associations, environmental and defense institutions as well as private industry and new technology ventures.

Cannon has nearly four decades of executive management experience. He also has served as CEO for Land Mine Detection Systems, Inc., was co-founder and Vice President for New Product Development Consortium, a venture capital consortium, and he was Executive Vice-President for the Composting Council and the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation.

Cannon earned his PhD from Stanford University, an MA from Rice University, and a BA from Columbia University.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

Date Change! RMA Sponsored Conference on Ground Rubber Recycling to be Held May 6-7

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.February 13, 2008 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), Asphalt Rubber Technology Service at Clemson University and the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) will sponsor the “2nd Annual Scrap to Profit — Using Ground Rubber in Rubber and Plastic Products,” May 6 – 7 at the Solamar Hotel in San Diego, California.

The Scrap to Profit program dates have changed slightly to include an additional workshop for the program and to better accommodate International Tire Conference attendees from Mexico who are interested in attending a forum on Sustainable Scrap Tire Market Management Plans. The Scrap to Profit program is a key component of International Tire Conference, which begins a day earlier.

“This year’s conference will continue the effort we started last year by presenting information on the various manners the industry can use ground rubber in molded and extruded rubber and plastic products,” said RMA Vice President Michael Blumenthal. “More information is available today than last year and new issues are facing the industry. We are pleased to be able to provide a venue for the dissemination of this information.” Blumenthal added.

The added half-day workshop will provide training regarding key selling points and best approaches for the green building market and selling to government sectors – federal, state and local. Due to the interactive nature of the workshop, seating is limited. Registration for this half-day workshop is $50.

Other programs occurring at the International Tire Conference (May 5-9) in addition to the Scrap to Profit program include: review of the Tire Initiative and effective strategies for managing scrap tires and encouraging markets along the United States – Mexico border region, scrap tire processing and financing, civil engineering uses of scrap tires, continuous improvement for processors and manufacturers, quality assurance, quality control for playgrounds and much more.

Registration for the Scrap-to-Profit conference is available atwww.scraptoprofit.com. Registration for all other segments of the International Tire Conference is available at www.cce.csus.edu/conferences/current.htmbeginning February 19, 2008.

For room reservations, individuals must contact the Hotel Solamar directly at (877) 230-0300 by April 3, 2008. To secure the conference discount rate of $150 per night, individuals must mention that they will attend the International Tire Conference.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.