RMA Publishes New Bulletin on Radio Frequency Identification

TISB 48

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Dan Zielinski
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dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 23, 2012 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recently released its newest Tire Information Service Bulletin (TISB), “Truck Tire Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Passive RFID Tags,” which discusses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), an enabling technology which has become more popular in the tire industry both nationally and internationally.

Global standards have been established to standardize the identification information provided by a RFID transponder installed during the tire manufacturing process or as an aftermarket installation such as RFID patch application to tires. RMA’s bulletin recommends adherence to these global standards, which can ensure consistency and allow for interchangeability of hardware and software to be used.

The bulletin, explains the four ways an RFID tag may be attached to a tire, identifies the two key memory data storage locations and kinds of data that is stored, and shows standardized RFID emblem diagrams concerning the use of RFID in consumer and workplace environments as outlined in ISO 29160. References on global standards of RFID technology are also noted in the bulletin.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

RMA, TIA Urge States to Adopt Vehicle Safety Inspections

Groups File Joint Comments to NHTSA Supporting State Safety Guideline

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 20, 2012 – All states should adopt a periodic motor vehicle safety inspection to help reduce crashes each year, according to comments filed by Rubber Manufacturers Association and the Tire industry Association, the two leading national trade associations for the tire industry.

RMA and TIA filed joint comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) supporting the agency’s guideline to states that they should adopt vehicle safety inspections. The guidance is not a mandate but one of a number of recommendations provided to states by NHTSA.

In their comments, RMA President and CEO, Charles Cannon and TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield said, “RMA and TIA applaud NHTSA’s initiative and effort to encourage states to adopt effective safety programs. We strongly support NHTSA’s guideline that states should adopt periodic motor vehicle safety inspections. Adoption of this guideline in every state will help save lives, prevent injuries and reduce the economic damage caused by preventable motor vehicle crashes.”

The organizations both advocated that any state inspection program must include tires. “RMA and TIA strongly urge all states to adopt a periodic, preferably annual, motor vehicle safety inspection program. Such a program should have a tire inspection that, at a minimum, includes: Measure tread depth and fail vehicles that have any tire with a tread depth of 2/32nds inch or less on any part of the tire; check every tire for damage exposing the reinforcing plies of the tire, including cuts, cracks, bulges, punctures, scrapes or wear; and check and inflate all tires to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure.

RMA and TIA noted that few motorists check tires regularly and cited studies showing many motorists delay needed maintenance. “While an annual vehicle inspection that includes tires will not completely reverse such widespread neglect of tire maintenance, it can both reduce the incidents of tire failure and help educate more motorists about the importance of tire care,” Cannon and Littlefield wrote.

With fewer than 20 states having some form of vehicle inspection, RMA and TIA suggested that federal policymakers explore whether to create incentives or consequences to spur state action on this issue. “A mandatory, annual vehicle safety inspection could prevent vehicles with significant safety issues from being involved in a serious crash,” the groups wrote. “To ensure that states enact periodic inspection programs, the federal government should explore whether incentive grants can be made to states with programs or consider withholding federal highway funds from states without inspection programs to spur action.”

“We applaud NHTSA’s effort to encourage states to have vehicle inspection programs,” said Littlefield. “This is an issue in which there is unity among the leading tire industry organizations and we felt compelled to lend our collective voice to NHTSA’s effort.”

“Both RMA and TIA have strong records of supporting pro-safety efforts,” Cannon added. “We hope that states will take a fresh look at this issue and work with NHTSA to implement programs that can help reduce crashes on our nation’s roadways.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is an international association representing all segments of the tire industry, including those that manufacture, repair, recycle, sell, service or use new or retreaded tires, and also those suppliers or individuals who furnish equipment, material or services to the industry.

RMA Revises its Bulletin on Motorcycle Rims

TISB Vol. 28

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Dan Zielinski
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dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 6, 2012 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recently revised its Tire Information Service Bulletin (TISB) Volume 28, “Never Mount Passenger Car Tires on Motorcycle Rims Fitted to Motorcycles or Sidecars.”

The recently revised bulletin cautions against installing passenger tires on motorcycle rims. It explains that motorcycle tires and corresponding motorcycle rims are designed with a bead seat diameter and flange contour that are different than passenger car tires/rims, therefore any attempt to mount a passenger car tire on a motorcycle rim may cause inflation pressure loss or the beads to break with explosive force. The result could be serious injury or death.

“Not every tire is meant for any rim,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Caution needs to be taken to ensure motorcycle tires are mounted on motorcycle rims only,” he continued.

For a copy of the newly revised TISB Volume 28, Number 3, and other service bulletins, visit RMA’s website at www.rma.org.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.