Additional Format Offers More Access to Important Safety Information
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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5, 2011 - – Longstanding industry guidelines for passenger and light truck tire repair are now more easily accessible to tire professionals through the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s (RMA) website.
In addition to a wall-chart of step-by-step, industry-recommended tire repair practices, RMA now offers the information in a free, downloadable format. A tire repair video news release and a consumer-friendly information sheet also are available.
“Proper tire repair is an essential consumer safety practice,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Faulty or improper repairs may result in tires placed back into service that are at greater risk of failure.”
A 2006 RMA study of more than 14,000 scrap tires found that 17 percent of tires had a tire repair. Of that subset, 88 percent of the repairs were improper.
Among several criteria to perform a proper repair are:
- Repairs are limited to the tread area only (No sidewall repairs!)
- Puncture injury cannot be greater than 1/4 inch (6mm) in diameter
- Repairs must be performed by removing the tire from the rim/wheel assembly to perform a complete inspection to assess all damage that may be present
- Repairs cannot overlap
- A rubber stem, or plug, must be applied to fill the puncture injury and a patch must be applied to seal the inner liner. A common repair unit is a one-piece unit with a stem and patch portion. A plug by itself is an unacceptable repair
Earlier this year, a California jury awarded a $14 million judgment against an auto dealer for improperly repairing a tire that eventually failed and contributed to a fatal van crash.
“Tire and automotive service professionals need to understand how to determine whether a tire can be repaired and then how to repair it correctly,” Cannon said.
RMA’s wall chart is available for purchase at www.rma.org, Or download a free version at this link:http://www.rma.org/tire_safety/tire_maintenance_and_safety/tire_repair. A one-page, consumer-friendly tire repair fact sheet also is available. Additionally, the page links to the Tire Industry Association’s web page (www.tireindustry.org) for information about training programs.
“Consumers need to know that to ensure their safety; a proper tire repair takes more than ten minutes and $10, “Cannon said. “If someone tells you that, you should take it somewhere else and have it done right.”
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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.