Twenty-Five States Declare Support for National Tire Safety Week

Effort Promotes Tire Care to Save Lives and Save Fuel

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846

WASHINGTON, D.C.April 24, 2008 – Twenty-five states issued proclamations or statements supporting the tire industry’s motorist education efforts for National Tire Safety Week, April 20-26.

Across the nation, more than 19,000 tire retail, auto dealer and automotive repair facilities distributed tire care brochures produced by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). A number of participating retailers also promoted free tire care service to motorists to raise awareness of proper tire maintenance.

RMA expressed appreciation to states for the support and assistance in advocating important tire care messages that can help motorists optimize safety, save fuel and help prevent premature tire wear.

“Proper tire care is essential to vehicle safety and optimum fuel economy,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “We are grateful to states that are helping to educate motorists to take just five minutes every month to check their tires.”

States issuing a proclamation or statement supporting National Tire Safety Week include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The federal government estimates that 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries annually are attributed to under inflated tires. According to an RMA survey, 61 percent of motorists cite checking tire pressure as an important fuel saving tip yet 85 percent of motorists do not properly check tire pressure.

National Tire Safety Week is an initiative RMA’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” tire care education program. RMA is the national trade association for tire manufacturers.

RMA recommends that motorists should check tire inflation pressure (including the spare) once a month and before long trips, periodically check wheel alignment and rotate tires every 5,000-8,000 miles to ensure even tire wear, and check tire tread for cuts, bulges, punctures or other damage. Tire tread depth also should be checked using the “penny test.” Insert a penny head first into your tire tread groove. If you can see all of President Lincoln’s head, it’s time for a new 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.