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

Improper Tire Repairs Pose Safety Risks

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski                                                                                   
(202) 682-4846

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. 

Improper Tire Repair Poses Safety Concern

Know What to Ask When A Flat Needs Fixed

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846

WASHINGTON, D.C.February 28, 2008 – Knowing the difference between a proper tire repair and an improper repair could be critical to vehicle safety. A tire industry study showed that nearly 88 percent of tire repairs are performed improperly. An improper tire repair could pose a safety hazard to you and your family and could also affect a tire manufacturer’s warranty.

“Consumers need to know some essential information about tire industry recommended puncture repair procedures,” said Daniel Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “An improperly repaired tire is a safety risk you shouldn’t take.”

One key process in a proper repair is removing a tire from the wheel to inspect any damage that may occur to the inner liner of the tire.

Zielinski said, “Don’t let anyone tell you that a repair can be completed without removing the tire from the wheel. If you’re told by an automotive repair shop that a flat repair will take only five or ten minutes, you should walk out.”

RMA offers tire dealers and automotive repair outlets a detailed wall-chart for proper tire repairs. Among the criteria to perform a proper repair are:

• Repairs are limited to the tread area only;
• Puncture injury cannot be greater than ¼-inch (6mm) in diameter;
• Repairs must be performed by removing the tire from the rim/wheelassembly 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 or a patch by itself is an unacceptable repair.

“Ask your tire service technician if he uses tire industry-approved repair procedures,” Zielinski said. “Also, some tire manufacturers may have repair limits or restrictions for some tires, such as run flats and others.”

A 2006 tire industry review of more than 14,000 scrap tires showed 17 percent had been repaired and of that number, 88 percent of repairs were done incorrectly.

Improperly repaired tires can fail while in service, such as by tread-belt separation, which may result in an accident causing serious personal injury or death.

Click here to order RMA’s Proper Repair Procedure Wall Chart.

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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.