2016 National Tire Safety Week Dates Announced

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 7, 2016 – Get your tire gauges ready for National Tire Safety Week 2016, which will be celebrated May 29-June 4, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which announced the dates today.

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 all about reminding busy consumers of the importance of taking good care of their tires,” said Anne Forristall Luke, RMA president and CEO.  “Properly maintained tires have a proven, positive impact on safety, save consumers money and benefit the environment through greater fuel economy.”

Tire manufacturers, retailers and other across the nation 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. Participating retail outlets join the nationwide effort to promote tire care through advertising, promotions, free tire pressure checks and community and media outreach.

Tire and auto service retailers 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.

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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.

End-of-Year Projection Indicates Slight Improvement in Tire Shipments

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2015 – Total US tire shipments are projected  to reach 312 million units in 2015, according to the latest forecast by Rubber Manufacturers Association, the national trade association for tire manufacturers in the US.

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

 

RMA 2015 Projected Tire Shipments

2014 – Final 2015  Forecast % Change Units +/(-)
Original Equipment Tires
Passenger 47.8 50.0 4.7 2.3
Light Truck 4.6 4.4 -6.3 -0.3
Truck 5.7 6.2 9.1 0.5
Replacement Tires
Passenger 206.5 204.7 -0.9 -1.8
Light Truck 28.7 28.9 0.7 0.2
Truck 17.4 18.0 3.0 0.5
Total Shipments 310.7 312.1 0.4 1.4
Note: All shipments in millions. Figures are rounded.

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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 Names Anne Forristall Luke as President & CEO

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2015 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) today announced that Anne Forristall Luke will be the organization’s next president and CEO. Luke will officially begin January 1, 2016.  She succeeds Charles Cannon who is retiring from RMA after nearly eight years.AnneForristallLuke_881

“Leading the RMA team and its membership into the second century of support and advocacy for the great contributions of our industry is an exciting challenge,” said Gary Garfield, RMA Chair, Board of Directors, and CEO and president, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. “Anne brings a breadth and depth of experience in public policy and is a proven, effective and visionary leader who earned the confidence of the RMA Board of Directors after a thorough executive search process this year.”

“RMA represents an extraordinary and innovative industry and I am confident that Anne will provide strong leadership for RMA members,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO.

“On behalf of everyone affiliated with the RMA, I also want to acknowledge Charlie’s leadership of and contributions to the RMA’s success since 2008 and wish him well in his retirement,” Garfield added.

Luke has more than 30 years of Washington government relations, public affairs and executive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Before joining RMA, Luke served as vice president, political and public affairs at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the trade association for off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers operating in the agricultural, construction, forestry, mining and utilities industries.

Prior to AEM, Luke was president of the U.S. Tuna Foundation, representing the domestic and international business interests of the U.S. canned tuna processing industry. She also was a principal at MGN Inc., an independent government relations firm, and served as senior vice president and leader of public affairs in the Washington office of Ketchum Inc., a global public relations firm.

Luke began her career in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and held a variety of posts on Capitol Hill, including professional staff member of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.

 

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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.

Bridgestone’s Garfield Elected RMA Board Chairman

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2015 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) today announced that it has elected Gary Garfield to serve as the organization’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. Garfield is CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM).

Garfield succeeds Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America, Inc., who served as RMA Board Chairman since 2013.

“Gary will continue a trend of strong leadership as Chairman of the RMA Board of Directors,” said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “RMA is well-served by an active, involved and decisive Board of Directors, and Gary’s tenure will no doubt continue that firm guidance for the association.”

Garfield oversees all BSAM operations across five continents. BSAM accounts for about 45 percent of the global revenue of Bridgestone operations worldwide, making it the company’s largest subsidiary. With more than 55,000 teammates worldwide, BSAM manufactures and markets a wide range of tires for a variety of applications primarily under the Bridgestone and Firestone brands. BSAM also owns and operates the world’s largest automotive service and tire retailer, a world’s leading commercial roofing and building products company, and the worldwide leader in vehicle and equipment air spring technology.

“RMA is poised to enter a new era of growth as investments in the U.S. by tire manufacturers continue,” Garfield said. “Continued public policy challenges on environmental, safety advocacy and other matters will continue to be a focus of the association.”

Garfield was elected in October at the RMA Board of Directors meeting and will serve a two-year term.

 

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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.

Tire Industry Project CEO Meeting

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development issued a press release announcing the latest results of  international research projects studying the potential environmental and health impacts of tires.

Mid-Year Projection Indicates Improvement in Tire Shipments

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Dan Zielinski
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dzielinski@rma.org

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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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.

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                                                                                   
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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.