America Needs Inflation

Under Inflated Tires Increase Safety Risks, Waste Gasoline

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.June 4, 2012 - The verdict is in: America needs inflation – for tires.

A survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association, the national trade association for tire manufacturers, show only about one in six vehicles have four properly inflated tires and only 15 percent of drivers know how to properly check tire pressure. Under inflated tires are a safety risk, waste gasoline and cause tires to wear out faster.

This week marks the 11th annual National Tire Safety Week (June 3-9), an RMA initiative dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of tire care.

Properly inflated tires helps to optimize vehicle safety and fuel economy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that under inflated tires wastes more than 1 billion gallons of gasoline annually.

“America needs inflation,” said RMA President and CEO Charles Cannon. “In just five minutes every month, motorists can ensure that their tires are properly inflated which promotes safety, better fuel economy and helps prevent premature wear.”

A phone survey of 1,000 U.S. drivers, sponsored by RMA, paints a bleak picture of Americans’ tire care knowledge and practices.

  • 62% of drivers don’t know where to find the correct inflation pressure for their vehicle’s tires
  • 43% of drivers don’t know that tires should be checked “cold” – before driving, rather than after driving
  • 60% of drivers wash their cars once a month, only 15% properly check tire pressure once a month
  • 20% of men surveyed vs. 9% of women are “tire smart”

Another RMA-sponsored survey of more than 6,000 vehicles found:

  • Only 17% of vehicles had four properly inflated tires.
  • 55% of vehicles had at least one under inflated tire.
  • 15% of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi).

Solving America’s inflation problem is easy, according to RMA, and only takes five minutes every month. To properly check tire pressure RMA recommends that motorists:

  • Check tire pressure monthly and before long trips.
  • Use the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure. This information is found on a label on the driver’s side door post or motorists can check their owner’s manual.
  • Check tires when cold, before driving. Otherwise, tires become warm when driven which increases tire pressure.

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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

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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.”

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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 Unleashes Radio Announcements Urging Drivers to Be Tire Smart

NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski Lends Voice to Spur Motorists to Check Tires

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WASHINGTON, D.C.June 21, 2011 - A tire industry group is ringing in the summer driving season with a 3,000 radio station distribution of public service announcements urging motorists to “Be Tire Smart” and check tire pressure to optimize safety, fuel efficiency and tire life.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is distributing four radio public service announcements urging motorists to properly check tire pressure, inspect tread and understand proper tire repair.

Two of the announcements feature Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger for Penske Racking in NASCAR’s Nationwide series. Scottsdale, Arizona-based Discount Tire Company is a long-time partner in RMA’s Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART tire care education program. This is the fourth year that Discount Tire has loaned the services of its sponsored driver to the RMA tire care education effort.

“Hot summer temperatures, under inflated tires and over-loaded vehicles can be a deadly combination,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “All of those conditions can cause tires to generate heat, which is the enemy of a tire. Over time, excess internal heat can cause damage that may lead to a tire failure.”

RMA has quick and simple tire care tips for summer:

  • Check and Inflate! Use a tire gauge to check tire pressure every month and before long trips. Check tires when cold – before you drive — for an accurate reading. Tires warm as they move and that can increase the tire pressure.
  • What’s Your Pressure? Use the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure that is found on a label on the driver’s door or owner’s manual. Don’t look at the tire sidewall. The maximum pressure is listed on the tire.
  • Don’t Pack on the Pounds! Don’t overload your car. The same vehicle label for tire pressure has maximum load capability. Overloading your car and driving long distances can damage your
    tires.

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

Are Your Tires Gasping For Air?

 RMA, AAA, NHTSA Continue Effort to Educate Motorists about Proper Tire Care

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
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WASHINGTON, D.C.June 2, 2011 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), AAA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Fairfax County, Va. police teamed up today at the Fairfax County Police Emergency Vehicle Operations Center to demonstrate the hazards posed by under inflated tires. The event also kicks off next week’s 10th annual National Tire Safety Week (June 5-11), an initiative of RMA’s Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART tire maintenance education program.

Fairfax police driving instructors first drove vehicles with properly inflated tires and then vehicles with significantly under inflated tires through simple maneuvers to demonstrate how vehicle handling is negatively affected by poor tire maintenance.

According to a RMA survey, millions of U.S. drivers do not know how to properly check tire pressure. This puts them and others at risk and wastes fuel. The survey found that 85 percent of motorists do not know how to properly inflate tires. Under inflated tires pose a safety risk because they generate heat inside the tire, which can cause damage that leads to failure. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that properly inflated tires will improve vehicle fuel economy by 3.3 percent and save up to 12 cents per gallon at the pump.

“Ten years ago, NHTSA and AAA helped RMA launch National Tire Safety Week,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Our partnership and efforts continue today because our job is not finished. Too many drivers fail to do one simple task every month that will reduce their safety risk and help our nation conserve valuable natural resources. Checking tire pressure takes just five minutes and it’s worth every second.”

NHTSA Administrator David L. Strickland, whose agency is charged with creating and enforcing national highway safety standards for vehicles and tires said, “Tires are a critical safety component on vehicles and the only parts that touch the road. NHTSA imposes stringent testing requirements for every tire sold in the U.S. to ensure the strongest consumer protection possible. But, the only way to ensure the continued safety performance of tires is for consumers to play their part with regular maintenance starting with inflation pressure. Without the right pressure, consumers are risking safety.”

AAA Vice President for Public Affairs Kathleen Marvaso noted that AAA will respond to more than one million motorist assistance requests for tire related issues this summer alone, “This summer, AAA anticipates it will come to the rescue of 1.2 million stranded motorists with tire-related issues. Many of these can be avoided by taking a few minutes once a month to ensure tires are properly inflated. During AAA Car Care Month vehicle inspections, technicians found tire issues were the most frequently occurring problem as one out of five vehicles inspected had incorrect tire pressure levels. Improper pressure levels not only put driver’s safety at risk but also can cost them extra money in gasoline and tire replacement costs during a time when many are looking to save money.”

Captain Susan Culin, Commander of the Fairfax County Police Traffic Division, said the department works hard to educate county residents about important vehicle maintenance and safety information. “Fairfax officers too often see the consequences of poorly maintained vehicles on county roads,” Collins said. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with industry, safety advocates and government agencies to educate drivers. Tires that are under inflated or bald will not grip the road properly and that increases the risk of crash. We urge all motorists to follow simple tire care tips to make sure they get to where they’re going safely.”

RMA urges all motorists to Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART. PART is an acronym for Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread – the four key elements of tire care.

  • Pressure: Check air pressure, under-inflation is the leading cause of wear and tear of tires
  • Alignment: Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid tread-wear
  • Rotation: Regularly rotating your vehicle’s tires will help you achieve more uniform wear
  • Tread: Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions

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

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 52 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet atAAA.com.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. NHTSA sets and enforces safety performance standards for motor vehicles and equipment, and through grants to state and local governments enables them to conduct effective local highway safety programs. NHTSA investigates safety defects in motor vehicles, sets and enforces fuel economy standards, helps states and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers, promotes the use of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags, investigates odometer fraud, establishes and enforces vehicle anti-theft regulations and provides consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics

“Air” On the Green Side This Earth Day: Check Tire Pressure

Properly Inflated Tires Help Consumers Be Green, Save Green!

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.April 21, 2010 - Consumers can be green and save “green” for Earth Day just by checking their vehicle’s tire pressure.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade association for tire manufacturers in the U.S., says that properly inflated tires can improve vehicle fuel efficiency and help motorists burn less gas, reduce emissions and save money, too.

“Earth Day is great time to consider simple ways to help our environment,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “An under inflated tire wastes fuel. When a tire loses air, it takes more energy to keep it rolling efficiently. To make matters worse, under inflated tires will wear out faster, which means replacing tires more often – which uses more energy and causes consumers to spend additional money.”

The federal government estimates that properly inflated tires can improve fuel efficiency by 3.3 percent, saving consumers about 8 cents per gallon at the pump.

Plenty of vehicles are wasting fuel. According to a 2009 tire pressure survey by RMA, about half of all vehicles have at least one under inflated tire. Worse, nearly 20 percent vehicles have at least one tire under inflated by 8 pounds per square inch (psi) – a significant loss of pressure.

RMA recommends that motorists check tires once per month and before long trips. The correct tire pressure for vehicles is located on a sticker on the driver’s door or in the owner’s manual. Tires should be checked before driving.

For more information, visit www.betiresmart.org.

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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.

Falling Temperatures Can Affect tire Pressure

Tire Makers Urge Motorists to Be Tire Smart and Check Tire Pressure Regularly

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.October 1, 2008 - Autumn brings falling leaves and temperatures but also can cause a drop in tire pressure. For every 10 degree Fahrenheit drop in temperature tire pressure can drop 1-2 pounds per square inch (psi).

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), a trade organization that represents tire manufacturers, is again reminding motorists to check tire pressure at least once a month. According to RMA, under inflated tires can pose a safety risk, waste fuel and cause tires to wear out prematurely.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that about one in every three cars has a significantly under inflated tire and that 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries occur every year as a result of low tire pressure-related crashes. Additionally, properly inflated tires can improve fuel economy by 3.3 percent or about 12 cents per gallon.

According to an RMA-sponsored survey, 85 percent of drivers do not know how to properly check their tire pressure.

“Checking tires is important throughout the year but with temperatures starting to fall, motorists need to be aware of the affect on tire pressure,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “Keeping tires properly inflated promotes safety, maximizes fuel economy and helps tires last.”

For more information about proper tire care, visit www.betiresmart.org.

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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.

“Fall” Back Into a Tire Maintenance Routine

Don’t Let New Vehicle Technology Replace Your Old-Fashioned Tire Gauge

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.October 2, 2007 - If you are buying a new car this fall, newly mandated devices will help monitor your vehicle’s tire pressure. However, a tire industry group cautions that new tire pressure monitoring systems are not a replacement for an old-fashioned tire gauge.

Federal law requires every new 2008 model year vehicle to come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system that will warn a driver when tire pressure drops 25 percent. The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers, says that is no reason to throw away your tire gauge.

“Motorists risk tire damage if they wait to check tires until they see a dashboard warning light after a 25 percent loss of tire pressure,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA vice president, communications. “For many vehicles, a pressure loss of less than 25 percent increases risk. That’s why motorists must check tire pressure every month with a tire gauge.”

A 2007 RMA survey indicates that tire pressure monitoring systems may cause drivers to become more complacent about tire care. Two-thirds of drivers reported that they would be “less concerned with routinely maintaining” tire pressure if their vehicle had a monitoring system.

Additionally, when asked how often they would check tire pressure if their vehicle were equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, an alarming 40 percent of drivers said that they would either “never” manually check tire pressure or check it “only when the warning light comes on.”

“Tire pressure monitoring systems can be effective at detecting an unexpected loss of tire pressure,” Zielinski said. “But it is no substitute for regular tire maintenance with a tire gauge.” Tires can lose 1-2 pounds-per-square inch (PSI) of pressure each month.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that about one in every three cars has a significantly under inflated tire and that 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries occur every year as a result of low tire pressure-related crashes. According to RMA, 85 percent of drivers do not know how to properly check their tire pressure.

“With Fall here, checking tire pressure is important because tire pressure drops 1-2 PSI for every 10 degree drop in temperature,” Zielinski said. “Keeping tires properly inflated promotes safety, maximizes fuel economy and helps tires last.”

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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.

Hot Temps, Low Air Pressure May Lead to Tire Trouble

Proper Tire Pressure Promotes Safety, Saves Gas, Helps Tires Last

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 28, 2007 - Summer time heat and under inflated tires may spell trouble on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries occur each year due to under inflated tires.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers, recommends that tire pressure be checked every month and before long trips. Remember to check tires before driving – when tires are cold – to get an accurate reading. Driving even a mile can cause tire inflation pressure to increase. Use the correct tire inflation pressure, which can be found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual.

“Heat is the enemy of a tire,” says Donald B. Shea, president and CEO, Rubber Manufacturers Association. “Under inflation generates heat within a tire and when combined with hot, summer air temperatures can cause dangerous safety issues for your vehicle. Properly inflated tires help maximize safety, fuel economy and tire longevity.”

A 2007 motorist survey by RMA found:

  • Eighty-five percent of drivers fail to properly check tire pressure. Properly checking pressure means checking every month when tires are cold and using the correct tire pressure.
  • Sixty percent of drivers don’t know where to find the correct inflation pressure for their vehicle. The correct pressure is found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual – not the tire sidewall.
  • Twenty-six percent of drivers wrongly believe that the best time to check their tires is when they are warm after being driven for at least a few miles.
  • Nearly seven in ten drivers wash their vehicle every month but only 15 percent properly check tire pressure.

“Checking tire pressure takes only five minutes every month with a tire gauge. If you’re unsure of what to do, most tire retailers, auto dealers and auto service facilities will check and adjust tire pressure free of charge.”

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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. RMA’s tire manufacturer members include Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc., Continental Tire North America, Inc., Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Michelin North America, Pirelli North America, Inc., Toyo Tire North America and Yokohama Tire Corporation.

Inflate Your Way to Fuel Savings This Memorial Day

Correct Tire Pressure Optimizes Fuel Economy, Safety and Tire Longevity

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 21, 2007 - Sky-high gasoline prices will boost the cost of a long weekend road trip this Memorial Day but a simple step can help reduce gas pump sticker shock – properly checking your tire pressure.

Under inflated tires can cost drivers an additional nine cents per gallon of gas. Properly inflated tires can save you money on gas and vehicle maintenance and promotes safety, too. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which represents tire manufacturers, recommends checking tire pressure every month and before long trips.

“Checking tire pressure is simple and takes just five minutes,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA vice president, communications. “Motorists will get better fuel economy, their tires will last longer and you’ll help maximize your vehicle’s safety.”

Memorial Day is the start of the so-called “101 Deadliest Days of Summer” when highway fatalities increase as more people hit the road for summer vacations and road trips. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that crashes attributed to under inflated tires causes 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries every year.

A 2007 RMA survey found that too many motorists fail to pay attention to their tires.

  • Only 55 percent of drivers say they have checked tire pressure within the past month compared to 70 percent last year.
  • Nearly seven in ten drivers wash their vehicle every month but barely more than half check tire pressure monthly.
  • 45 percent of drivers wrongly believe that the correct inflation pressure is printed on the tire sidewall. (Check for a sticker on the driver’s door or look in the vehicle owner’s manual.)
  • 26 percent of drivers wrongly believe that the best time to check their tires is when they are warm after being driven for at least a few miles. (Check before driving when tires are cold.)
  • 71 percent of drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare 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. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

Tire Manufacturer Group Issues Service Bulletin for Nitrogen Inflation of Passenger and Light Truck Tires

TISB 44-Using Nitrogen to Inflate Passenger and Light Truck Tires in Normal Service Applications

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WASHINGTON, D.C.November 6, 2006 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association today issued a service bulletin on “Using Nitrogen to Inflate Passenger and Light Truck Tires in Normal Service Applications.”

The use of nitrogen inflation systems by tire retailers has increased in recent years. RMA, which represents tire manufacturers, issued the Tire Information Service Bulletin to provide general information about inflating tires with nitrogen.

The RMA bulletin notes that nitrogen is an inert (non-flammable) gas – basically, nothing more than dry air with oxygen removed (air contains about 78% nitrogen). Because of its inert properties, nitrogen is often used in highly specialized service applications and/or demanding environments.

Applications such as aircraft, mining, and commercial/heavy use utilize nitrogen to help reduce the risk of internal combustion (fire) if the brake/rim/wheel components overheat. Also, dry nitrogen is used in professional racing to help reduce variation in inflation pressures (caused by moisture) where even small differences in pressure can affect vehicle handling at the extreme limits of performance.

For normal tire service applications, nitrogen inflation is not required. However, nitrogen inflation is permissible as its properties may contribute to minor reductions in inflation pressure loss. Nevertheless, several other sources of pressure leaks, such as punctures, tire/rim interface (bead), valve, valve/rim interface, and the wheel, may negate the benefit of nitrogen.

If the tire inflation pressure is below the pressure specified on the vehicle placard, the tire must be re-inflated – whether with air or nitrogen – to the proper inflation pressure.

RMA warns that depending on nitrogen alone to reduce the requirements for inflation maintenance may, in fact, lead to under inflated operation, which may result in premature tire failure.

“With the right amount of inflation pressure, you will achieve optimum tire performance,” RMA wrote. “This means your tires will wear longer, save fuel and help prevent accidents.”

And above all, the RMA bulletin strongly reminded motorists to check tire pressure at least once a month when tires are cold and to use the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure.

“Whether inflated by air or nitrogen, regular inflation pressure maintenance remains critical and necessary,” RMA wrote. “Use of nitrogen alone is not a replacement for regular inflation pressure maintenance.”

Consumers can download RMA’s Tire Service Information Bulletins at www.rma.org.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 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.