Mid-Year Projection Indicates Improvement in Tire Shipments

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, DC, August  10, 2015 – Total US tire shipments are projected  to reach 314 million units in 2015, according to the latest forecast by Rubber Manufacturers Association, the national trade association for tire manufacturers in the US. This represents an increase of slightly more than one percent.

Passenger and medium/heavy truck original equipment and replacement shipments are expected to increase in 2015. Light truck original equipment and replacement tire shipments are projected to decrease.

RMA 2015 Projected Tire Shipments
2014 – Final 2015  Forecast % Change Units +/(-)
Original Equipment Tires
Passenger 47.8 49.7 4.0 1.9
Light Truck 4.6 4.5 -2.4 -0.1
Truck 5.7 6.3 10.5 0.2
Replacement Tires
Passenger 206.5 206.8 0.1 0.3
Light Truck 28.7 28.6 -0.2 -0.1
Truck 17.4 18.1 3.8 0.7
Total Shipments 310.7 314.0 1.1 3.3
Note: All shipments in millions. Figures are rounded.

 

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Federal Tire Legislation Promotes Safety, Fuel Efficiency and Competitiveness

RMA Supports Measure Sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham

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Dan Zielinski
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dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2015 — Congress will consider legislation to create minimum tire performance standards for tire fuel efficiency and wet traction; improve manufacturers’ ability to contact consumers in the event of a tire recall; and create a web-based tool for consumers and tire dealers to more easily determine whether a tire is subject to a safety recall.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) this week introduced the Tire Efficiency, Safety and Registration Act, S.1741.  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) cosponsored the bill.   S. 1741 is strongly supported by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.

“This legislation will significantly help improve consumer safety, vehicle fuel economy and industry global competitiveness as well as regulatory consistency,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs.  “We applaud Sen. Graham for taking a leadership role in Congress to introduce this measure and appreciate Sen. Brown and Sen. Wicker for their support.”

The bill contains three sections:

Minimum Tire Performance Standards for fuel efficiency and Wet Traction

  • Establishing a minimum tire fuel efficiency performance standard will eliminate the least fuel efficient tires from the passenger tire market, while a wet traction performance standard will help ensure tire fuel efficiency improvements are not achieved that the expense of wet traction performance and safety.
  • Several other nations already have adopted similar standards. Adopting these standards helps to ensure that the United States does not become a dumping ground for lower performing tires.

“RMA members support these performance standards to help consumers and the nation conserve fuel without compromising wet traction safety performance,” Zielinski said.

Improving Consumer Notification of Tire Recalls

  • 1741 will require tire sellers to register tires to boost registration rates and improve the ability of tire manufacturers to directly notify consumers of a tire recall so that tires with potential safety issues can be quickly removed from service and replaced.
  • In 1982, federal law was changed from requiring tire sellers to register tires at point of sale to only requiring tire sellers to provide the means to register tires to consumers. This change resulted in the tire registration rate dropping from nearly 50 percent to about 15 percent.
  • Tire manufacturers are currently required to notify consumers who may be affected by a tire recall. But this is made difficult by the current low tire registration rates. Tire dealers now are required only to provide a paper registration card to every consumer who purchases new tires to document the tire identification number (TIN).  The consumer then should complete the card with contact information and mail it to the tire manufacturer who keeps the information in the event of a tire recall.
  • By requiring registration at the point of sale, registration rates will increase and manufacturers will be better able to meet their requirement to notify consumers of a tire recall.

Create a consumer-friendly lookup tool to search tire recalls

  • All tire recalls are reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) yet the agency does not maintain an easy, consumer-friendly database to search for tire recall information.
  • 1741 would require NHTSA to develop a tire recall lookup tool searchable by TIN to enable consumers and tire sellers to quickly determine whether a tire is subject to a recall.
  • A searchable system for automobile recalls using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is available on NHTSA’s web site.

“Together, these provisions will improve the ability for tire manufacturers to notify consumers in the event of a tire recall,  boost the competitiveness of the U.S. tire manufacturing industry and help to harmonize an often complicated global regulatory structure,” Zielinski said.  “We will continue to work with Sens. Graham, Brown, Wicker and others to enact this measure.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S. All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.

Gas is Cheaper, but are Savings “Rolling” Away with Under Inflated Tires?

National Tire Safety Week is May 24‐30
Industry Wants Motorists to Be Tire Smart

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WASHINGTON, DC, May 21, 2015 – More than 33 million Americans will hit the road this Memorial Day weekend to kick‐off the summer driving season; but many will be wasting gas and putting themselves at risk with poorly maintained, under inflated tires.

“No road trip should start without first checking tire pressure and inspecting tires for damage and insufficient tread depth,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Vehicles with under inflated tires burn more gas and have a greater risk of tire damage that may lead to failure. Consumers who are tire smart and maintain tires will help keep their families safe, keep more money in their wallet and help the environment.”

A 2015 RMA survey found that more than 30% of US drivers are less concerned about gas mileage performance since gas prices have dropped over the past year. A whopping 50% of drivers aged 18‐29 say they are unconcerned with gas mileage performance.

“Tire care shouldn’t take a back seat because of lower gas prices,” Zielinski said. “National Tire Safety Week is May 24‐30 and is a good time to start a habit of regular, monthly tire maintenance to help promote safety, save money at the gas pump and help tires last.”

RMA survey findings include:

  • Only 17 percent of drivers are “tire smart” or know how to properly check tire pressure.
  • 1 out of 3 drivers don’t know that tires should be checked “cold” – before driving.
  • 35 percent of drivers do not know how to tell if their tires are bald.
  • Nearly 6 out of 10 drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare tire.
  • 4 in 10 drivers believe they can tell if a tire is under inflated just by looking at it.
  • Half of all drivers don’t know where to find the correct inflation pressure for their vehicle. (Label on a vehicle’s driver side door or owner’s manual; not tire sidewall.)

National Tire Safety Week is an RMA initiative designed to educate motorists about proper tire maintenance. The effort is part of RMA’s Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART national consumer education program. PART is an acronym representing Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread – the four key elements of tire care.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S. All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.

RMA Offering Free Tire Repair Education Materials to Tire, Auto Shops

Improper Tire Repairs Pose Safety Risks

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

WASHINGTON, DC, February 12, 2015 — The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is offering free tire repair wall charts and handouts to tire dealer and automotive service locations throughout March to help educate consumers about proper tire repair.

Consumer research by RMA shows that a significant portion of US motorists, who have experienced a tire puncture do not know how to identify an improper tire repair.  About 30% of drivers who have had a puncture in the repairable tread area of their tire believe that an acceptable repair can be performed without removing the tire from the rim.  More than 60% of consumers trust mechanics to repair tires correctly.

“Giving automotive service providers access to tire industry repair guidelines is the first step to ensuring tire repairs are done correctly,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president.  “This information is important to prevent improper repairs from endangering motorist safety.”

Not all punctured tires are repairable, according to RMA’s industry repair standard.  Repairs outside the repairable area of the tire or repairs attempted without demounting a tire from the rim are not recognized as proper tire repairs.

“Taking the tire off the rim allows technicians to assess the damage to the inner portion of the tire,” Zielinski said.  “If this interior damage not addressed, motorists are at increased risk of air loss, further tire damage and tire failure.”

RMA is inviting the automotive service community to sign up for free educational materials on its web site, http://www.rma.org/tire-safety/free-puncture-repair-materials/.  The materials include RMA’s puncture repair wall chart in print or electronic form; a printed handout that can be used to educate consumers about RMA’s repair standard and; other downloadable materials.

“A punctured tire is serious,” Zielinski said.  “We urge consumers not to skimp on fixing a damaged tire. The few dollars saved by accepting an improper repair will mean nothing if it leads to tire failure and vehicle crash.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org. 

The Real “Deflate-Gate”: Under Inflated Tires on Nearly 7 out of 10 Vehicles

America Needs Inflation for Tires, Not Footballs

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Dan Zielinski                                                                                   
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WASHINGTON, DC, January 29, 2015 — A sudden national focus on under inflation can be helpful if that attention can be directed at tires instead of footballs, according to a tire manufacturer organization.Deflate_Gate_12915

“Under inflated tires put motorists at a higher risk on the road and waste gasoline,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs.  “Curiously, it’s an u
nder infla
ted football that has
captured national attention.   Hopefully, the publicity surrounding under inflation will help consumers to focus as much on their tires as the media as focused on footballs.”

Federal highway safety research shows that under inflated tires are three times more likely to be a factor in a vehicle crash compared to properly inflated tires.  RMA research shows that nearly seven out of ten vehicles have at least one under inflated tire.

RMA recommends that motorists check tire pressure every month and before long trips.  “If you’re driving on Super Bowl Sunday, you should check your tire pressure first then check your football,” Zielinski said.

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States Seek to Ban Sale of Unsafe Used Tires

Worn-out, Damaged, Dangerous Used Tires Readily Available

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Dan Zielinski                                                                                    Link: http://bit.ly/17YTKkq
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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 22, 2015 – Several states are expected to consider legislation banning the sale of unsafe used tires.  The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade association for tire manufacturers supports the efforts to rid the roadways of dangerous safety risks.

RMA says that businesses should not be permitted to sell tires that are worn out, damaged or exhibit other unsafe conditions.  RMA successfully advocated unsafe used tire legislation in Colorado last year.  This year, RMA expects Indiana, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas to consider bans on unsafe used tire sales.

“Safety is the highest priority for the tire industry,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president.  “Laws to stop the sale of worn out, damaged used tires will help improve highway and motorist safety.”

To demonstrate the problem and availability of unsafe used tires, RMA and its members purchased several examples of unsafe used tires.  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.

“Any used tire is a risky proposition since it’s impossible to know the service history of a tire used by someone else,” Zielinski said.  “But when used tires are sold worn-out, damaged, improperly repaired or have other visibly unsafe conditions, states to need to take action to protect consumers.”

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. Tires with bulges indicate possible internal damage that can lead to tread separation.

Scrap tire data analyzed by RMA suggests that 30-35 million used tires are available for sale every year.  A motorist survey sponsored by RMA found that nearly 1 in 10 motorists said their car is currently riding on tires that were bought used.

“We are working to educate policymakers and consumers about the dangers of unsafe used tires and we will advocate for state laws to prohibit the sale of used tires that pose a safety risk,” Zielinski said.  “Used tires may seem like a bargain but saving a few dollars isn’t worth risking the safety of motorists and passengers.”

 

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org. 

RMA: Market-Based Approach to Scrap Tire Management “An Environmental Success Story”

Connecticut Forum Examines Higher Cost, Less Efficient, Less Effective Alternative
Scrap Tire Management In New England – Market Assessment and Recommendations

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

WASHINGTON, DC, January 21, 2015 — The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) said today that the market-based approach to scrap tire management is an environmental success story that should continue to be a model for state action.

RMA is participating in a scrap tire forum at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Other stakeholders at the forum will urge DEEP to consider a higher cost, less effective effort to manage scrap tires.

National data collect by RMA shows dramatic improvement in scrap tire stockpile clean up and in scrap tire reuse. In 1990, more than one billion tires were stockpiled across the nation while only 10 percent of tires were consumed in end use markets. By 2013, 96 percent of scrap tires were sent to end use markets and only 75 million tires remain in stockpiles.

RMA announced at the forum that it will work with Connecticut legislators and regulators to assess Connecticut’s scrap tire concerns and work to advocate a scrap tire management program to address those concerns. RMA has worked with dozens of states over the past 25 years to develop, advocate and implement effective state scrap tire management programs.

Connecticut generates about 3.5 million scrap tires annually. Nearly all are exported to end use markets in other states.

“The free market approach to scrap tire management has produced a phenomenal environmental success story across the US,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Crafting a new approach that is vastly different than existing state programs and that introduces more bureaucracy, cost and inefficiency would be counterproductive.”

RMA advocates a multipart approach to scrap tire management that includes:

  • A dedicated, time-limited funding source – typically a fee imposed on the sale of new tires
  • A system to track scrap tires from generation to end-use market
  • Enforcement of scrap tire regulations
  • Clean up of stockpiles
  • Market development

A forum to discuss scrap tire management issues will be held in Hartford on January 21-22 at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. RMA is participating in the program, which is co-sponsored by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI).  PSI opposes the market-driven approach to scrap tire management despite the vast success this system has achieved.

“Tire manufacturers have worked across the nation to help establish effective state scrap tire management programs, often funded by user fees on tire sales, to enforce regulations, clean up tire piles and promote environmentally sound, cost-effective markets for scrap tires,” Zielinski said. “The numbers tell the story: the effort is paying off in a cleaner environment.”

 

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org. 

2015 National Tire Safety Week Dates Announced

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.January 8, 2015 – National Tire Safety Week 2015 will be celebrated May 24-30, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which announced the dates today. The date has been moved to the last week of May to kick off the summer travel season.

National Tire Safety Week is an initiative of RMA’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program, a year-round effort designed to help drivers learn the simple steps they can take to ensure that their tires are in good working condition. RMA is the national trade association for tire manufacturers.

“National Tire Safety Week is an opportunity for the tire industry to focus its collective efforts to educate motorists about the importance of proper tire care,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president.  “Regular tire maintenance is critical to promoting a safe driving experience, optimizing fuel efficiency and maximizing tire tread life.”

Tire manufacturers, retailers and others across the nation will work to educate motorists about proper tire care and maintenance. RMA provides tire retailers, auto dealers and automotive repair shops with free “Be Tire Smart” brochures and other materials. Many participating retail outlets use the opportunity to promote tire care through advertising, promotions, free tire pressure checks and community and media outreach.

Tire and auto retailers who are interested in obtaining free RMA materials for National Tire Safety Week can order them online at www.betiresmart.org. Those who have participated in the event before can expect to receive materials again this year.

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

For more information on the Be Tire Smart Program and National Tire Safety Week visit www.betiresmart.org.

#NTSW           #TireCare        #BeTireSmart

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org. 

2014 US Tire Shipments Expected to Total Nearly 310 Million Units

Slight Growth Projected for 2015

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, DC, December 30, 2014 — Total US tire shipments are expected to reach nearly 310 million units in 2014, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, the national trade association for tire manufacturers in the US. The group predicts a slight improvement for 2015 to slightly more than 310 million total units.

Passenger original equipment shipments are expected to increase in 2015 due to anticipated growth in auto sales while replacement tire shipments are expected to decline less than one percent.

Light truck and commercial truck original equipment and replacement tire shipments are expected to grow in 2015.

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How Will 90 Million Holiday Travelers Prepare Their Vehicle for the Road?

Tire Industry Survey Says Too Few Will Check Tire Pressure, Tread Depth

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

WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2014 – AAA predicts that nearly 90 million travelers will hit the road this holiday season but a tire industry survey found that nearly half won’t bother to check tire pressure. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is urging holiday road travelers to pump up before hitting the road.

A survey sponsored by RMA found that the top vehicle maintenance tasks motorists will take prior to holiday road trips are:

  • Check tire pressure         54%Holday Travel Final 12-12-14 (RMA)
  • Oil change                         51%
  • Check brakes                    41%
  • Check tire tread depth   25%
  • Check coolant level         18%
  • Check battery                   17%
  • Nothing                              15%

“We’re encouraged that more than half of holiday road trippers are taking steps to be tire smart and check tire pressure,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “But all motorists should be checking tire pressure before every long trip.  Fully loaded vehicles packed with people, luggage and holiday gifts that ride on under inflated tires present a safety issue.”

The White House announced last week that Dec. 9-Jan. 9 is Tire Safety Month, an initiative supported by RMA, all of its tire manufacturer members and others.  The initiative is designed to help educate motorists about the importance of tire maintenance to promote safety and better fuel economy.

“We’re excited that tire maintenance has received attention from the highest level in the federal government,” Zielinski said.  “Too many motorists ignore even this simple, basic maintenance task that means so much to helping ensure vehicle safety for our families.”

RMA recommends simple steps for motorists to Be Tire Smart when checking tire pressure:

  • Check tire pressure monthly and before long trips.
  • Use the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure found on a label on the driver’s door or owner’s manual.
  • Check tires when cold – before you drive. Driving causes tires to warm which increases inflation pressure temporarily.

RMA also recommends that motorists inspect tire tread for damage and sufficient depth.  Worn out tires are dangerous, especially in wet, wintry weather.  A simple and inexpensive test can determine whether tires should be replaced.

  • Take a penny and turn it upside down so Lincoln’s head points down.
  • Insert penny into tread groove.
  • If all of Lincoln’s head is exposed, the tire must be replaced because it’s been worn down to 2/32nds of an inch or less.

Zielinski said, “Checking tire pressure and tread depth each month will take just a few minutes.  These fast, easy tire care tips will help travelers get to their destination safely and enjoy the holidays with family and loved ones.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.