RMA Statement on Nomination of Charles A. “Chuck” Hurley for NHTSA Administrator

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WASHINGTON, D.C.April 9, 2009 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association looks forward to the opportunity to work with the next Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. President Obama’s choice to lead NHTSA, Charles A. “Chuck” Hurley, has a long career in automotive safety advocacy including the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, National Safety Council and, most recently, the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
“Mr. Hurley has had a distinguished career as a motorist safety advocate,” said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Mr. Hurley’s nomination sends a strong signal that this Administration shares the tire manufacturing industry’s commitment to safety. We recognize Mr. Hurley’s long-term efforts to engage the public making our highways safer.

“If confirmed by the Senate, we look forward to an early opportunity to meet with Mr. Hurley to educate him about our industry’s commitment to safety,” Cannon said. “We would further welcome his partnership in communicating important tire care and maintenance messages to U.S. motorists.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.