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

Improper Tire Repairs Pose Safety Risks

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Dan Zielinski                                                                                   
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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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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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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. 

States Seek to Ban Sale of Unsafe Used Tires

Worn-out, Damaged, Dangerous Used Tires Readily Available

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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
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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

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Dan Zielinski
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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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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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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. 

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
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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. 

RMA Recommends Pro-Safety Steps to National Transportation Safety Board

Emphasizes Improved Tire Registration; Prohibition on Unsafe Used Tires; More Consumer Education

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

WASHINGTON, DC, December 9, 2014 — The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) today offered a four-point plan to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to help improve motorist safety.  NTSB began a two-day symposium to discuss tires’ contribution to motor vehicle safety.

“Safety is the tire industry’s number-one priority,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president.  “We welcome the opportunity that the NTSB event provides to the tire manufacturing industry to discuss steps that can be taken to improve motorist safety.

RMA will offer four steps for NTSB to include as recommendations when the agency finalizes a report on its study of tire-related issues later next year.

  1. Improve Tire Registration: Congress should change the current tire registration law to require tire sellers to electronically register tires at point of sale.  Current law only requires dealers to offer a paper card to consumers who must then mail the information to the tire manufacturer.  Tire registration is a critical safety issue that allows consumers to be notified by a tire manufacturer in the event of a recall.  Overall, fewer than 20 percent of all tires are registered.
  1. TIN Lookup Tool: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) should create a web-based tool that tire dealers and consumers could use to quickly determine whether a tire is subject to a recall.  A search tool would be based on the tire brand, model and Tire Identification Number (TIN) that is molded onto the tire sidewall.  Currently, all tire manufacturers or importers of record must notify NHTSA of any tire recalls.  Manufacturer submissions are entered into a government database but not easily utilized by tire dealers or consumers.
  1. Stop Sales of Unsafe Used Tires: States should enact legislation to prohibit the sale of unsafe used tires.  More than 30 million used tires become available for sale each year.  Worn-out, damaged, improperly repaired tires are readily available from used tire shops across the nation.  RMA is advocating state unsafe used tire legislation in at least four states in 2015.  RMA efforts supported successful enactment of unsafe used tire legislation in Colorado in 2014.
  1. Urge States to Help Motorists Be Tire Smart: States should incorporate tire care and maintenance messages into highway safety programs.  RMA and tire manufacturers work with many stakeholders to promote proper tire maintenance and can share information and content to assist state highway safety offices.  States should issue reminders during periods of heavy travel periods; use of roadside signs and other credible communication tools available should be used by states when possible.

 

“We believe that these four common-sense steps can have a positive effect on highway and motor vehicle safety,” Zielinski said.

According to NHTSA, tire related crashes, injuries and fatalities have dropped dramatically and faster than overall highway crashes, injuries and fatalities.

“Tires are critical vehicle safety equipment and they are delivering superior performance to consumers,” Zielinski said.  “We want motorists to understand that maintenance is vital to safety performance and the industry will continue to work to educate consumers about proper 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. 

Bald is Not Beautiful: For Your Tires

Tire Industry Survey Finds Bald Tires on 12% of Vehicles

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WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2014 –Nearly 40 million Americans are expected to hit the road for Thanksgiving travel, but 12% of the vehicles they ride in will be at increased risk due to bald tires.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which represents this country’s tire manufacturers, released the results of a survey of more than 3,300 vehicles that found a significant portion riding on tires that are no longer road-ready.

“Bald tires are dangerous,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “A tire is considered bald when tread depth reaches 2/32nds inch. Bald tires have longer stopping distances and do not grip the road properly, particularly in wet weather conditions. Fortunately, there’s a simple method to determine whether tire tread depth is safe: all you need is a penny.”

To measure tire tread depth insert a penny upside down into a tread groove.  If all of Lincoln’s head is visible, the tire should be replaced.

Example of a bald tire

Example of a bald tire

RMA recommends that drivers follow a Road Trip Checklist before hitting the road for Thanksgiving travel:

  • Pressure: Check tire pressure before a long trip. Under inflation can lead to tire failure.
  • Tread: Place a penny upside down into a tread groove. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for a new tire.
  • Avoid Overloading: Overloading your vehicle stresses your tires and can lead to damage and reduced fuel economy.
  • Don’t Forget to Check the Spare: Check your spare tire and keep it properly inflated so it’s ready when you need it most.

RMA’s 2014 Tread Depth Survey sampled more than 3,400 drivers across the U.S. about the tread on their tires. The survey found that nearly 12 percent of vehicles had at least one bald tire.

Among the places with the highest percentage of vehicles with worn out tires: Baltimore, Md. (21.1 percent), Birmingham, Ala. (20.9 percent), San Diego, Calif. (18.5 percent), Oklahoma City, Okla. (18.2 percent), Baton Rouge, La. (16.2 percent), Norfolk, Va. (16 percent), Houston, Tx. (16 percent), Richmond, Va. (15.4 percent), Minneapolis, Minn. (14 percent) and Dallas/Ft. Worth, Tx. (13.8 percent).

The RMA urges drivers to “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” this and every holiday season by checking your tire’s Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread.  For more information, visit www.BeTireSmart.org.

 

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Tire Makers Roll Out Good News for National Recycling Week

Scrap Tire Markets Growing; Tire Piles Shrinking

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

WASHINGTON, DC, November 7, 2014 — A tire industry organization is issuing a report showing extraordinary success at efforts to address scrap tires. The tire report rolls out for National Recycling Week, which runs November 10-16.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the US, issued a report showing that more than 90% of scrap tire piles are cleaned up while 96% of tires discarded in 2013 were reused in several markets. The U.S. generates more than 230 million scrap tires every year.

Key findings:

Dramatic reduction in scrap tire stockpiles.

  • 1990: 1 billion stockpiled tires
  • 2013: 75 million stockpiled tires

Remarkable growth in scrap tire markets.

    • 1990: 10% of scrap tires consumed by markets
    • 2013: 95% of scrap tires consumed by markets.

Top two (three) scrap tire markets consumed 86% of annually generated tires in 2013.

    • Tire derived fuel (TDF):         56%
    • Ground rubber:                      25%
    • Civil engineering:                     5%

TDF is used by the pulp and paper industry and the cement industry as a supplemental fuel due to the high BTU content. Industries using tires as fuel conform to federal, state and local environmental laws and employ emission control devices.

Ground rubber is used to create a variety of products including athletic fields, playground cover and binding agents used to create a more durable and quieter asphalt road surface. Finely-ground scrap tire rubber also is used by some manufacturers in new tire construction.

Civil engineering applications use shredded tires as a substitute for other “fill” materials such as sand or gravel. Shredded tires add beneficial properties such as noise and vibration control, erosion prevention and drainage facilitation. Common uses include road and landfill construction and septic tank leachate fields.

In 2013, 75 million tires remained in stockpiles with the majority in Colorado and Texas. Colorado passed a law in 2013 at RMA’s urging to clean up its mammoth piles. Texas does not have a state scrap tire management program.  Other states with tire stockpiles include: Arkansas, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.

States with Most Stockpiled Scrap Tires:

  • Colorado         31 million
  • Texas               15 million

Commonly Discarded wastes and recycling or reuse rates

  • Lead acid batteries:              98% (U.S. EPA)
  • Tires:                                       95% (RMA)
  • Aluminum cans:                    67% (Aluminum Association)
  • Plastic bottles:                       30% (NAPCOR)
  • Paper:                                      65% (U.S. EPA)
  • Glass bottles:                         34% (Glass Packaging Institute)

“Ongoing scrap tire management efforts in the U.S. have been tremendously successful,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “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. 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.