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National Tire Safety Week (June 1-7) Focuses Attention On Tire Care

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WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 2, 2014 – A tire industry survey reveals that nearly 7 out of 10 vehicles are riding on under inflated tires.  Nearly one in five vehicles has at least one significantly under inflated tire.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade association for tire manufacturers, sponsors National Tire Safety Week (June 1-7) to focus efforts to educate U.S. drivers about the need for regular tire maintenance.  Under inflated tires waste gasoline, increase the risk of tire damage and cause premature tire wear.

“Too many motorists continue to ignore the only equipment on their vehicles that touch the road,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs.  “It takes just five minutes to check and properly inflate tires to optimize vehicle fuel economy and reduce the risk of tire problems.”

2014 Tire Pressure Survey Key Findings:

  • 9% of vehicles had four properly inflated tires
  • 69% of vehicles had at least one under inflated tire
  • 18% of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (PSI)

Previous RMA research revealed how little motorists understand about basic tire care.

  • 5 out of 6 motorists do not properly check tire pressure.
  • 2 out of 3 motorists do not check the spare tire.
  • Half of all motorists do not know how tell if a tire is bald.

RMA urges motorists to check inflation pressure at least once a month and before long trips and, to remember to check the spare tire.  To properly check inflation pressure, an individual must use a tire gauge; use the correct inflation pressure for the vehicle and; check tires when cold, before driving.  The correct inflation pressure is found on a label on the driver’s door or owner’s manual, not the tire sidewall.

RMA’s national education program is called “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART.” PART stands for pressure, alignment, rotation and tread – four critical 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 analyzed tire pressure data collected from approximately 3,300 vehicles at tire retail locations in 26 U.S. cities.  The data was collected between November 2013 and February 2014.

Free RMA Tire Care and Service Materials on the Way!

More than 220,000 Tire and Auto Service Providers To Receive Critical Information

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 10, 2012 – More than 220,000 tire dealer, auto dealer and automotive repair locations will receive free tire care and service materials this month courtesy of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

RMA is providing this information to tire and automotive service locations nationwide to help ensure that service technicians have tire manufacturer guidelines for the proper care and service of tires.

The mailing includes four important tire repair and service wall charts. Additionally, the mailing contains a CD-ROM with an updated RMA Tire Care and Service Manual plus more than a dozen tire information service bulletins. The materials are important reference materials for any business that sells or services tires.

RMA is a recognized leader in publishing valuable and informative tire care and service materials. RMA publications are recognized standards by industry and courts.

“We have been working with our members to review and update many of our tire care and service publications,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “So many businesses rely on RMA publications for important tire service information that our members wanted to distribute this updated information free of charge to as broad an industry audience as possible.”

Four printed RMA wall charts are included in the mailing:

    • Puncture Repair Procedures for Passenger and Light Truck Tires

 

    • Demounting and Mounting Procedures for Automobile and Light Truck (LT) Tires

 

    • Inspection Procedures for Identification of Potential Zipper Ruptures in Steel Cord Radial Medium and Light Truck Tires

 

  • Puncture Repair Procedures for Truck/Bus Tires

The CD-ROM is easily navigable and all publications can be downloaded or printed. All of the publications on the CD also are available in a free electronic download format from RMA’s web site at www.rma.org. Additional hard copies of the wall charts are available for a nominal fee plus shipping.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

2012 NATIONAL TIRE SAFETY WEEK ANNOUNCED

 Tire Industry Urges Consumers to Maintain Tires to Save Fuel, Promote Safety

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.February 6, 2012 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association today announced the eleventh annual National Tire Safety Week will be held June 3-9, 2012.

The annual event is an initiative of the 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.

Tire manufacturers and retailers nationwide 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 media outreach.

More than 21,000 tire dealers, auto dealers and automotive repair shops participated during the 2011 National Tire Safety Week. An RMA survey of more than 5,400 vehicles showed half with at least one under inflated tire. Nearly 20 percent of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi). Under inflated tires waste fuel, risk safety and cause tires to wear out faster.

Be Tire Smart PARTners include tire retailers, auto dealers, safety advocates and state government agencies. Among the list of Be Tire Smart partners are: AAA, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Belle Tire, Costco, Discount Tire Co., Dunn Tire, Expert Tire, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Goodyear Auto Centers, Just Tires, Kaufman Tire, Les Schwab, Midas, National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), Peerless Tires, Pep Boys, Sears Automotive Centers, STS Tire and Auto Centers, Sullivan Tire and Auto Service, TBC Retail Group (Big O Tires, Merchant’s Tire, National Tire and Battery (NTB), Tire Kingdom), Tire Factory, Tire Industry Association (TIA), Tire One, Tires Plus, Tire Warehouse, Town Fair Tires, VIP Parts, Tires and Service, Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express and many others.

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, Inc.; Continental Tire the Americas, LLC; Cooper Tire & Rubber Company; The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Michelin North America, Inc.;
Pirelli North America, Inc.; 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 make tires in the U.S.

Even in Record Heat, Tire Care Should Be No Sweat!

 55% of Vehicles Have At Least One Under Inflated Tire

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
202-682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.August 3, 2011 - Record-setting heat across the U.S. can add to the risk of tire failure for overloaded vehicles with under inflated tires driving at highway speeds.

“Heat is the enemy of a tire,” said Dan Zielinski, senior vice president, public affairs for the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). “Under inflated tires generate excess heat that, over time, can cause damage and lead to a failure.”

A 2010 RMA survey found more than half of all vehicles have at least one under inflated tire. One in seven vehicles had a tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi).

“Tires are built to last tens of thousands of miles but they can’t take unlimited abuse,” Zielinski said. “The air in your tires is carrying you, your family, your cargo and your car’s weight. When under inflated, a tire is over-stressed because it cannot support that load. Neglect your tire pressure for too long, particularly during the hottest time of the year and you’re inviting potential trouble.”

RMA operates a national education program — Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART — to raise awareness about the importance of tire maintenance. PART is an acronym that stands for Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread – the four basic elements of tire care.

Pressure – Check tire pressure every month and before long trips. Check tires when cold — before you drive. Use the correct inflation pressure that is found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual.

Alignment – Misaligned wheels can cause premature tire wear. Have alignment checked periodically or if you notice your vehicle “pulling” to the left or right. Hitting a pothole or curb could affect your wheel alignment.

Rotation – Rotate tires every 5,000-8,000 miles or check your owner’s manual for a specific interval. Rotation helps tires wear evenly.

Tread – Inspect tread for damage every month when checking tire pressure. To ensure sufficient tread depth, do the penny test. Take a penny, insert upside down into tread groove. If you see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.

“Checking tires is simple and takes just five minutes,” Zielinski said. “If you don’t do it yourself, tens of thousands of tire retailers will do it for you free of charge. There’s no reason to skimp on tire care.”

Visit our YouTube Channel for tire care tips: http://www.youtube.com/user/BeTireSmartRMA
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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 Tire Repair Information Available for Download

 Additional Format Offers More Access to Important Safety Information

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

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.

10th National Tire Safety Week Announced

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.November 12, 2010 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association today announced the tenth Annual National Tire Safety Week will be held June 5-11, 2011.

National Tire Safety Week is an initiative of the 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.

Tire manufacturers and retailers nationwide 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 conducting media outreach.

More than 21,000 tire dealers, auto dealers and automotive repair shops participated during the 2010 National Tire Safety Week. RMA released a survey of more than 6,300 vehicles that showed 55% of vehicles had at least one under inflated tire. Fifteen percent of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi). Under inflated tires waste fuel, risk safety and cause tires to wear out faster. The study also showed that 10% of vehicles had at least one bald tire.

Partners in the Be Tire Smart program include tire retailers, auto dealers, safety advocates and state government agencies. Among the list of Be Tire Smart partners are: AAA, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Big 10 Tires, Belle Tire, Big O Tires, Costco, Discount Tire Co., Dunn Tire, Expert Tire, Firestone Complete Auto Care, GCR Tire Centers, Goodyear Auto Centers, Hyundai Motor America, Just Tires, Kaufman Tire, Les Schwab, Merchant’s Tire, Midas, National Tire and Battery (NTB), National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), Northwest Tire Factory, Peerless Tires, Pep Boys, Sears Automotive Centers, STS Tire and Auto Centers, Sullivan Tire and Auto Service, Tire Industry Association (TIA), Tire Kingdom, Tire One, Tires Plus, Tire Pros, Town Fair Tires, VIP Parts, Tires and Service, Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express and many others.

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, Inc., 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.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

Birmingham Drivers Need To Be Tire Smart

City Ranked Last in Tire Pressure Survey

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 30, 2010 - Before hitting the road for the July 4th holiday, Birmingham drivers need to pay more attention to their tires, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The tire manufacturer trade group conducted a vehicle tire pressure survey that ranked Birmingham last among more than 30 U.S. cities.

Only eight percent of Birmingham vehicles had four properly inflated tires and two out of every three had at least one under inflated tire. Nearly one in five vehicles had a tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch – a significant loss of tire pressure.

Nationally, under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries annually according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, low tire pressure can cost motorists up to 9 cents a gallon at the gas pump. Under inflated tires cause a vehicle to work harder and burn more gas.

The RMA survey of more than 6,300 vehicles in 33 cities this year also found only 17 percent of vehicles had four properly inflated tires. More than 15 percent, representing 38 million vehicles on U.S. roads, had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi).

The cities that performed worst in the RMA tire pressure survey — in descending order — were Dallas/Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Antonio and Birmingham. These cities had low percentages of vehicles with four properly inflated tires and larger percentages of under inflated tires.

“Under inflated tires are dangerous, waste fuel and money and cause tires to wear out faster,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Motorists can help reduce the safety risk and stop wasting gas and money by taking five minutes to check tire pressure every month.”

The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers, has some simple tips to check tire pressure properly:

  • Check tire pressure every month and before long trips – and don’t forget the spare!
  • Remember to check tires before driving – when tires are cold – to get an accurate reading.
  • Use the correct tire inflation pressure, which can be found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual. Don’t look at the tire sidewall, which has the maximum pressure for the tire.

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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.

Safety From the Ground Up This July 4th

Check Tires Before Hitting the Road

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 30, 2010 - Nearly 140 million vehicles in the U.S. may start the July 4th holiday by wasting fuel and risking safety all because of under inflated tires. A survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) found that 55 percent of vehicles had at least one under inflated tire.

Under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, low tire pressure can cost motorists up to 9 cents a gallon at the gas pump. Under inflated tires cause a vehicle to work harder and burn more gas.

The RMA survey of more than 6,300 vehicles in 33 cities this year also found only 17 percent of vehicles had four properly inflated tires. More than 15 percent, representing 38 million vehicles on U.S. roads, had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi).

The cities that performed worst in the RMA tire pressure survey — in descending order — were Dallas/Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Antonio and Birmingham. These cities had low percentages of vehicles with four properly inflated tires and larger percentages of under inflated tires.

“Under inflated tires are dangerous, waste fuel and money and cause tires to wear out faster,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Motorists can help reduce the safety risk and stop wasting gas and money by taking five minutes to check tire pressure every month.”

The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers, has some simple tips to check tire pressure properly:

  • Check tire pressure every month and before long trips – and don’t forget the spare!
  • Remember to check tires before driving – when tires are cold – to get an accurate reading.
  • Use the correct tire inflation pressure, which can be found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual. Don’t look at the tire sidewall, which has the maximum pressure for the tire.

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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.

Tire Makers Urge Drivers to “Air” On the Side of Safety, Savings

New Survey Finds 55% of Vehicles Have At Least One Under Inflated Tire

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. June 7, 2010 - A new survey being released for the ninth annual National Tire Safety Week (June 6-12) shows that millions of drivers around the country are failing to properly maintain their tires and are putting themselves at risk while wasting gas and money.

The nationwide survey, conducted by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), found that fifty-five percent of vehicles had at least one under inflated tire and only one in six vehicles had four properly inflated tires.

RMA is the national trade association for tire makers who manufacture in the U.S. The group worked with several tire retailers to collect actual tire pressure measurements from more than 6,300 vehicles in more than 30 cities. (To see a map with results from individual markets,visit www.betiresmart.org.)

Best/Worst Performing Cities

The survey’s best performing cities, those with a higher percentage of vehicles with four properly inflated tires, were Honolulu, Baltimore, Boston, Providence and Charlotte. At the bottom of the list were Dallas/Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Antonio and Birmingham.

2010 National Survey Findings

• 17 percent of vehicles had four properly inflated tires.
• 55 percent of vehicles had at least one under inflated tire.
• 15 percent of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi).
• 20 percent of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 6 psi.
• 31 percent of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 4 psi.

Compared to a similar survey last year, motorists showed some improvement in tire care habits. This year almost twice as many vehicles had four properly inflated tires as had last year.

During National Tire Safety Week, RMA strives to educate motorists about the importance of proper tire care.

“National Tire Safety Week is the tire industry’s opportunity to focus on consumer education,” said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Our industry’s top priority is safety.”

Proper Tire Inflation Saves Gas

Properly inflated tires can improve fuel efficiency by 3.3 percent and save nine cents per gallon at the pump, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Approximately 1.2 billion gallons of fuel are wasted each year by U.S. motorists driving on under inflated tires.

Under Inflated Tires Pose Safety Risk

Under inflated tires also pose a safety risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Doesn’t Replace Monthly Tire Check

Although all new vehicles are now equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), these systems issue a low pressure warning only after tire pressure drops 25 percent below the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure. In many cases, an 8 psi loss of pressure would not be enough to trigger a warning light and would cause a loss of fuel economy and could lead to a vehicle safety issue. Even with TPMS, motorists need to check tire pressure with a tire gauge every month.

Quick Tire Care Tips

Motorists should check tire pressure once each month; check tires when cold – before the vehicle is driven and; use the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure found on a label located on the driver’s door, door post or owner’s manual.

“Checking your tires at least once a month is an easy way to improve your safety, and the safety of those on the road around you, while reducing the costs of vehicle ownership,” said John Nielsen, AAA, Director of Auto Repair and Buying Services. “Catching and correcting problems early, such as low tire pressure or uneven tread wear can greatly extend the life of your tires.”

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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 Announces New National Tire Safety Week Date

Mark Your Calendars! Event Moves to June in 2009

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.October 15, 2008 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association today announced the eighth Annual National Tire Safety Week will be held June 7-13, 2009.

Next year’s National Tire Safety Week schedule represents a departure from previous years when the event was held in late April. Future National Tire Safety Weeks also will be scheduled in June.

The annual event is an initiative of the Rubber Manufacturers Association’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.

Tire manufacturers and retailers nationwide 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 conducting media outreach.

More than 19,000 tire dealers, auto dealers and automotive repair shops participated during the 2008 National Tire Safety Week.

“Each year, we continue to see more tire and auto industry retail locations join in the effort to help educate motorists about the benefits of regular tire maintenance,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president. “Ensuring that tires are properly inflated every month will save consumers money at the gas pump, help keep tires rolling longer and promote safety.”

Partners in the Be Tire Smart program include tire retailers, auto dealers, safety advocates and state government agencies. Among the list of Be Tire Smart partners are: AAA, American Car Care Centers (ACCC), Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Big 10 Tires, Belle Tire, Big O Tires, Costco, Discount Tire Co., Expert Tire, Firestone Complete Auto Care, GCR Tire Centers, Goodyear Auto Centers, Just Tires, Kaufman Tire, Les Schwab, Merchant’s Tire, National Tire and Battery (NTB), National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), Northwest Tire, Peerless Tires, Pep Boys, Sears Automotive Centers, STS Tire and Auto Centers, Sullivan Tire and Auto Service, Tire Factory, Tire Industry Association (TIA), Tire Kingdom, Tire One, Tires Plus, Tire Warehouse, Town Fair Tires, VIP Parts, Tires and Service, Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express and many others.

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, Inc., Continental Tire North America, Inc., Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Michelin North America, Inc., Pirelli North America, Inc., 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.