Proposed Law Will Prohibit Sale of Unsafe Used Tires

Worn-out, Damaged Tires Readily Available
Testimony of the Rubber Manufacturers Association

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27, 2013 – A Texas Senate committee today is considering a bill to prohibit the sale of unsafe used tires that are readily available and pose a significant risk to motorists.

SB 459, introduced by Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D), is supported by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade organization for tire manufacturers. RMA, which is testifying at today’s hearing, believes businesses should not be permitted to offer tires that are worn out, damaged or exhibit other unsafe conditions.

“This legislation will help improve highway and motorist safety in Texas by addressing the sale of unsafe used tires,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president. “Safety is the highest priority for the tire industry and we support this legislation.”

To demonstrate the problem and availability of unsafe used tires, RMA purchased several used tires from used tire stores in Texas. Each tire exhibited one or more conditions that are clearly unsafe: worn out, visible damage to the tread or other portions of a tire or; improperly repaired.

“Unsafe used tires are readily available for sale across the nation,” Zielinski said. “Any used tire is a risky proposition since it’s impossible to know the service history of a tire used by someone else. But some businesses are compounding that problem by selling tires that anyone in the tire business should know are dangerous.”

Tires worn to 2/32nds of an inch are considered bald and are dangerous. Such tires no longer provide sufficient grip on the road, particularly under wet conditions. Tires with damage exposing steel belts or other internal components threaten a tire’s structural integrity. Improperly repaired tires can suffer loss of inflation pressure or have hidden damage that may contribute to tire failure.

“We are working to educate policymakers and consumers about the dangers of unsafe used tires and will advocate state laws to prohibit the sale of used tires with conditions that pose a significant motorist safety risk,” Zielinski said. “Consumers may think used tires are a bargain but saving a few dollars isn’t worth the risk if your choice includes a worn out or damaged tire.”

RMA published an information bulletin on used tires several years ago. The group is currently advocating unsafe used tire legislation in Florida and Texas.

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

Additional information:

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Link to SB 459

RMA Tire Industry Service Bulletin

Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference Announced


Goal to Educate Policymakers, Stakeholders on New Applications, Research Advances

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2013 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), Rubber Pavement Association and the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society today announced the 6th Conference on the Use of Rubber Modified Asphalt.

Conference co-hosts are: the Asphalt Institute, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), and the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) and the Federal Highway Administration. The conference is scheduled for October 15-17, 2013 at the Fiesta Resort in Tempe, Arizona.

“There is renewed interest in rubber modified asphalt by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) state departments of transportation and the industry,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president. “Additionally there have been several significant changes, both in new applications and advances in research that will lead to new opportunities to use rubber modified asphalts.”

Topics to be discussed will be non-commercial, definitive and will include an analysis of performance grading, use as a thermal blanket, specifications, and case studies from departments of transportation.

“FHWA will be working with the conference organizers to bring officials from selected states to attend the conference,” Blumenthal stated. “It is this type of cooperative program that can truly have an impact on advancing the use of rubber modified asphalts. Another goal will be to have states represented at the conference by both their respective department of transportation and the person responsible for scrap tire management or market development,” Blumenthal added.

Additionally there will be a meeting of the Resource Conservation Challenge Scrap Tire Work Group on Monday, October 14th, which will further add to the unique nature of this venue.

For additional information on the conference and to register, go to

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

Tire Makers Recognized for Worker Safety Achievements


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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 12, 2013 – Four tire manufacturers were recognized for improvements in worker health and safety at the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s annual meeting today.

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.

“Today’s awards are clear evidence of this industry’s strong and tireless commitment to worker safety,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO.

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 a Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) rate that is 75 percent better than the average achieved by plants that provided data to RMA.

The “Improvement” award is for plants that achieve a Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) 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.

For 2013, three Excellence awards and 11 Improvement Awards were presented.

Excellence Awards

Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group – Graniteville, South Carolina

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions -Griffin, Georgia

Pirelli Tire LLC – Rome, Georgia

Improvement Awards

Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group – LaVergne, Tennessee
Des Moines, Iowa
Wilson, North Carolina

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions – Abilene, Texas

Michelin North America, Inc.- Greenville, South Carolina (US1)
Greenville, South Carolina (PRIME)
Midland City, Alabama (US4)
Lexington, South Carolina (US7)

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company –
Danville, Virginia
Akron, Ohio

Forty-one RMA member facilities 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.

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