Twenty-Five States Declare Support for National Tire Safety Week

Effort Promotes Tire Care to Save Lives and Save Fuel

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.April 24, 2008 - Twenty-five states issued proclamations or statements supporting the tire industry’s motorist education efforts for National Tire Safety Week, April 20-26.

Across the nation, more than 19,000 tire retail, auto dealer and automotive repair facilities distributed tire care brochures produced by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). A number of participating retailers also promoted free tire care service to motorists to raise awareness of proper tire maintenance.

RMA expressed appreciation to states for the support and assistance in advocating important tire care messages that can help motorists optimize safety, save fuel and help prevent premature tire wear.

“Proper tire care is essential to vehicle safety and optimum fuel economy,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “We are grateful to states that are helping to educate motorists to take just five minutes every month to check their tires.”

States issuing a proclamation or statement supporting National Tire Safety Week include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The federal government estimates that 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries annually are attributed to under inflated tires. According to an RMA survey, 61 percent of motorists cite checking tire pressure as an important fuel saving tip yet 85 percent of motorists do not properly check tire pressure.

National Tire Safety Week is an initiative RMA’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” tire care education program. RMA is the national trade association for tire manufacturers.

RMA recommends that motorists should check tire inflation pressure (including the spare) once a month and before long trips, periodically check wheel alignment and rotate tires every 5,000-8,000 miles to ensure even tire wear, and check tire tread for cuts, bulges, punctures or other damage. Tire tread depth also should be checked using the “penny test.” Insert a penny head first into your tire tread groove. If you can see all of President Lincoln’s head, it’s time for a new tire.

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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.

Survey Shows Few Motorists Are “Tire Smart”

National Tire Safety Week Educates U.S. Drivers on Safety and Cost Benefits of Proper Tire Care

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

Washington, D.C. April 21, 2008 - Under inflated tires increase driving risks, waste fuel and cause tires to wear out faster but few U.S. motorists pay adequate attention to their tires. A national survey by the tire industry showed 85 percent of American drivers do not properly check tire inflation pressure.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which commissioned the survey, is sponsoring the seventh annual National Tire Safety Week April 20-26 to help raise awareness about the importance of tire care. With gas prices at record levels again this year, motorists can save time and money by taking five minutes every month to check tires.

“Record high gas prices should be an incentive for motorists to take every step possible to help make their cars and their money go further,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “While our survey found that 61 percent of motorists agreed that checking tire pressure is very important to maximizing fuel economy, only one in seven drivers properly perform this easy task.”

Checking tires is not only a fuel saving tip, it can also be life saving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under inflated tires contribute to 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year. NHTSA estimates that about one in four cars, and one in three light trucks, have at least one significantly under inflated tire.

Under inflated tires also cause premature tire wear that can force consumers to replace tires sooner. “Consumers can help their wallets and the environment by paying attention to their tires so they last as long as possible, reducing disposal needs,” Zielinski added.

Additional statistics RMA’s survey show:
• Forty-six percent of drivers wrongly believe the correct inflation pressure is printed on the tire sidewall
• Twenty-six percent of drivers wrongly believe the best time to check tires is when they are warm
• Only one out of every three drivers knows how to tell if tires are bald

RMA recommends that tire pressure be checked at least once every month with a tire gauge. The recommended tire pressure for every vehicle is set by vehicle manufacturers and can be found on a label usually placed on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual. Also, tires should be checked when cold, or haven’t been driven for at least three hours.

During National Tire Safety Week, RMA and its partners will promote tire care education to motorists throughout the country. More than 18,000 tire dealers, auto dealers, AAA clubs and others throughout the country will provide RMA tire care information brochures to consumers. Additionally, most tire retail locations provide free tire pressure services to motorists throughout the year.

“Our goal during National Tire Safety Week is to encourage all motorists to take five minutes to be tire smart and help save lives, save fuel and save the environment,” Zielinski said.

National Tire Safety Week is an initiative of RMA’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program to educate motorists about the importance of proper tire care and promote a safer driving experience. Drivers are encouraged to play their PART in National Tire Safety Week by addressing the four key elements of tire care: Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread.

The Be Tire Smart program is funded by RMA’s tire manufacturer members: Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc., Continental Tire North America, Inc., Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Michelin North America, Inc., Pirelli North America, Inc., Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. and Yokohama Tire Corporation.

For more information about National Tire Safety Week, please 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.

RMA Announces Safety Awards for Member Facilities

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.April 13, 2008 - Fifty-three tire and rubber manufacturing facilities were recognized for improvements in worker health and safety at the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s annual meeting.

RMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP), created in 1981 recognizes member companies that achieve significant enhancements in worker health and safety with awards. The SHIP awards encourage and reward a company’s demonstrated commitment to worker health and safety.

“This industry takes pride in its efforts to promote worker safety,” said Charlie Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “The SHIP award program recognizes RMA member companies’ superior achievement to protect workers.”

Two categories of awards are presented to companies that demonstrate workplace safety improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases. The “Excellence” category is for facilities that achieve an incidence rate that is 75 percent better than the average achieve by plants that provide data to RMA.

The “Improvement” award is for plants that achieve an incidence rate that is both 10 percent better than its rate in the previous year and the same or better than the RMA average incidence rate.

One hundred and thirty-six plants from 36 RMA member companies supplied data for the annual survey to determine the extent of workplace safety improvements. The data supplied to RMA is identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes injury and illness information on all industries.

In addition to the SHIP awards, RMA instituted a new program to recognize member companies with facilities that reported at least one million man hours worked with no lost time. The definition for lost time is a work-related injury which results in lost time from work beginning the day after the accident. Ten RMA member company plants were recognized for this achievement.

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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.