Survey Shows Increase in Baldness – of Tires

Millions of Vehicles Riding on Bald Tires; Industry Urges Motorists to Be Tire Smart

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

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 14, 2012 – More than one in eight U.S. vehicles has bald tires, according to survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which represents this country’s tire manufacturers. With bald tires, vehicles cannot properly grip the road, may experience increased stopping distances; and hydroplane on wet roads. These conditions all increase the risk of a crash – especially in adverse weather conditions.

A 2012 RMA survey of 5,300 vehicles found that more than 13 percent had at least one bald tire – an increase from 10.4 percent recorded in a 2010 survey. Further, a 2011RMA phone survey of motorists found that 64 percent did not know how to check tire tread depth and 9 percent or respondents said they never check tire tread depth.

“Tire care is critical to keeping your vehicle road-ready,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president. “Bald tires are dangerous and may lead to loss of vehicle control, particularly on wet roads. Checking tire tread is easy and inexpensive to do. All you need is a penny.”

RMA recommends the “penny test” to check tire tread depth. Simply insert a penny with Lincoln’s head upside down into the tread of each tire. If you can see the entire top of his head, your tire is considered bald because it has less than one-sixteenth of an inch of tread depth. Bald tires must be replaced immediately to reduce the risk of a crash.

Through its national tire maintenance education effort, Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART, RMA urges motorists to check tire pressure with a tire gauge and measure tread depth every month. RMA also recommends regular tire rotation and wheel alignment to help ensure even tire wear. PART is an acronym that refers to four essential tire care elements:

  • Pressure: Under-inflation is the leading cause of wear and tear of tires. Check tire pressure monthly; use the correct inflation pressure for your vehicle (locate sticker on driver’s door or refer to owner’s manual); and check tires before you drive or wait 3 hours afterward.
  • Alignment: Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid tread-wear.
  • Rotation: Regularly rotating your vehicle’s tires (every 5,000-8,000 miles) 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. Use the “penny test” to check tread depth.

For more information on proper tire care, visit www.betiresmart.org; @BeTireSmart on Twitter or Be Tire Smart on Facebook.

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

RMA Revises its Bulletin on Motorcycle Rims

TISB Vol. 28

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

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 6, 2012 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recently revised its Tire Information Service Bulletin (TISB) Volume 28, “Never Mount Passenger Car Tires on Motorcycle Rims Fitted to Motorcycles or Sidecars.”

The recently revised bulletin cautions against installing passenger tires on motorcycle rims. It explains that motorcycle tires and corresponding motorcycle rims are designed with a bead seat diameter and flange contour that are different than passenger car tires/rims, therefore any attempt to mount a passenger car tire on a motorcycle rim may cause inflation pressure loss or the beads to break with explosive force. The result could be serious injury or death.

“Not every tire is meant for any rim,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Caution needs to be taken to ensure motorcycle tires are mounted on motorcycle rims only,” he continued.

For a copy of the newly revised TISB Volume 28, Number 3, and other service bulletins, visit RMA’s website at www.rma.org.

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

NEW YORK SENATE ADVANCES TIRE REPAIR LEGISLATION

Action Occurs During National Tire Safety Week

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

ALBANY, NYJune 8, 2012 - A New York Senate committee approved legislation to require automotive repair shops to properly repair tires.

S 7082, the Proper Tire Repair Act, would impose a $500 penalty on a repair shop that attempts to repair tires without removing the tire from the rim, inspecting for damage and ensuring that a repair conforms to repair procedures supported by tire makers. The bill was passed by the Senate Transportation Committee on June 5 during National Tire Safety Week, a tire industry initiative that promotes safety with a focus on educating consumers about how to properly maintain and care for their tires.

“This legislation will help protect motorists from the risks of improperly repaired tires,” said Dan Zielinski, senior vice president for the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), an industry trade group that represents tire manufacturers. “Despite years of effort by tire manufacturers, tire dealer organizations and tire repair materials manufacturers to educate repair shops about proper repair, too many improper repairs are performed.”

RMA has long-standing industry tire repair standards that clearly outline the steps necessary to properly repair tires.

S 7082 and its Assembly companion, A 9683, would prohibit a motor vehicle repair shop from repairing a tire if any of the following conditions exist:

  • The tire tread depth is equal to or less than 2/32 inch on any area of the tread
  • The damage is to a tire sidewall
  • The damage extends into the tread shoulder/belt edge area
  • The damage exceeds 1/4 inch
  • The tire has an existing improper repair
  • The repair will overlap an existing, proper repair

The legislation also provides guidance to motor vehicle repair shops about how to properly repair tires:

  • Demount the tire from the rim/wheel assembly
  • Inspect the tire to determine the extent of damage on the inside of the tire
  • Clean the inner liner to remove any contaminants inside the tire
  • Remove the damaged portions of the tire
  • Buff the inner liner to create a smooth and even surface
  • Fill the injury with a cured rubber stem and properly install a tire patch or install a combination repair unit

“RMA supports these bills and urges New York legislators to enact this legislation,” Zielinski said.

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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.

Poor Tire Care Wasting Fuel, Putting Drivers at Risk

 Tire Industry Wants Motorists to Be Tire Smart for 10th Annual National Tire Safety Week June 5-11

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 6, 2011 - Millions of U.S. drivers are putting themselves at risk and wasting fuel by failing to properly check tire pressure, according to a new survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

Only 15 percent of motorists revealed that they know how to correctly check tire pressure. Under inflated tires contribute to more than 600 highway fatalities and 33,000 thousand injuries each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Additionally, under inflated tires cause U.S. drivers to waste 1.2 billion gallons of fuel annually.

“Checking tire pressure once a month is one simple step that can preserve precious resources, put money back in consumers’ wallets and save lives,” said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Unfortunately, too many motorists seem to be more concerned with cleaning their car than keeping it safe.”

RMA’s survey showed that six out of ten drivers wash their car at least once per month but only one in seven properly checks tire pressure. The survey was conducted as part of the RMA-sponsored National Tire Safety Week, June 5-11.

Other survey findings include:

  • 62 percent of drivers do not know where to find the correct inflation pressure for their vehicle. 53 percent say it’s the tire sidewall while 14 percent do not know at all
  • 43 percent of drivers do not know that tires should be checked “cold” – before driving.
  • 52 percent of drivers do not know how to tell if their tires are bald.
  • Nearly 7 out of 10 drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare tire.
  • 3 out of 4 motorists cite checking tire pressure as a top fuel saving tip.
  • 60 percent drivers say they wash their car at least once a month.
  • 20 percent of male motorists and 9 percent of female motorists properly check tire pressure.

RMA, which represents tire manufacturers in the U.S., promotes tire care awareness through its Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART program. 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

RMA’s Be Tire Smart program is funded by RMA members: Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.; Continental Tire the Americas, LLC; Cooper Tire & Rubber Company; The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; Michelin North America, Inc.; 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.

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.

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.

House Committee Approves Measure That Threatens Manufacturers’ Proprietary Business Information

Increased Disclosure of Early Warning Information May Harm Tire Makers in U.S

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 28, 2010 - A House committee approved legislation this week that requires the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to make public more information that is reported to the agency by automobile, tire and automotive parts manufacturers.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) voiced a number of concerns with the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010, HR 5381. The group has voiced similar concerns with a companion measure in the Senate, S 3302.

“RMA strongly supports and our members fully comply with the current early warning reporting system to provide federal safety regulators with information to help enhance motorist safety,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “However, RMA and its members are very concerned that this bill may result in NHTSA disclosing critical business information that will cause competitive harm to manufacturers in the U.S.”

A 2000 federal law mandated NHTSA’s Early Warning Reporting System. Automotive industry manufacturers are required to report substantial amounts of production and performance data and consumer claims to the agency to assist federal safety officials with identifying potential safety issues. Consumer claims regarding fatalities, injuries and property damage claims are currently made public on NHTSA’s web site.

When NHTSA created the Early Warning Reporting System, it also created categories of information that would be protected from public disclosure as confidential business information. For tire manufacturers, this included production data, warranty claims and common green tires, which are tires that have not been cured.

“NHTSA conducted a rigorous process using strict Freedom of Information Act principles to develop a federal regulation that balanced public disclose of some early warning information with the need to protect some critical business data it receives each quarter from manufacturers,” Cannon said.

The Motor Vehicle Safety Act also includes a mandate requiring a brake override system in vehicles to help prevent the possibility of sudden unintended acceleration. Additionally, the measure gives NHTSA the authority to declare that a vehicle, tire or automotive part presents an “imminent hazard” to motorist safety. Such a declaration would allow the agency to impose a range of remedies to force manufacturers to address a potential safety issue.

The bill also boosts federal penalties on manufacturers for safety-related issues to a maximum of $200 million. The House version would allow individuals to sue the agency if they disagree with an agency determination in answering a petition to investigate a possible vehicle defect.

“Permitting lawsuits to overturn NHTSA’s thorough investigation of potential safety issues would force the agency to divert critical resources to redundant tasks and legal defenses to answer likely lawsuit challenges to defect petition decisions,” Cannon said.

The House bill is expected to go to the House floor in the coming weeks. A Senate committee is expected to consider its version of the bill in early June.

“We will continue to engage with legislators and work toward a reasonable solution that enhances motorist safety while addressing the risk to RMA members’ competitive business information posed by this bill,” Cannon said.

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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 Statement on Nomination of David L. Strickland For NHTSA Administrator

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.December 8, 2009 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association supports the nomination of David L. Strickland as the next Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
RMA has worked with Strickland in his role as counsel to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. He was involved in the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act in 2000 and also worked with RMA to enact legislation to create a consumer information program for tire fuel efficiency in 2007.

“Dave Strickland will bring a unique set of qualifications to the position of NHTSA Administrator,” said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Clearly, he is one of the most knowledgeable on Capitol Hill on tire safety issues.

“Dave has made an effort to understand the tire industry and we look forward to continuing to work with him in a new capacity. He is tough but fair and his experience working on tire and automotive industry public policy issues should allow him to hit the ground running at NHTSA. We wish him a speedy confirmation by the Senate.”

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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.

CALIFORNIA TIRE MEASURE IS A LAWSUIT MAGNET

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

RMA Says Bill is Inconsistent, Contradictory, Fear-Mongering

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 28, 2009 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association today criticized a California Assembly bill as “inconsistent”, “contradictory,” and “fear-mongering” that would only serve to increase lawsuit opportunities for the bill’s primary supporters – trial lawyers.

The Assembly passed the measure today by a vote of 41-28.

AB 496 would selectively require consumer notification about a tire’s chronological age on some sellers of replacement tires, primarily tire dealers. Supporters of the measure claim that tires reaching a certain age are a potential safety hazard and say the notification is necessary to prevent older tires from being placed into service.

However, supporters’ alleged concern with motorist safety is contradicted by provisions in the bill that would exempt millions of tires from the bill’s age notification.

“Proponents of this bill use fear-mongering to allege that tires reaching a certain chronological age are dangerous,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “But the bill is inconsistent in its application. Any consumer who buys tires or a vehicle in a private transaction, or who buys a new or used vehicle from a dealer or who buys replacement tires from an auto dealer would not receive a notification under this proposal. These exemptions make the measure contradictory on its face and are implicit acknowledgement that chronological tire age alone is not a hazard.”

RMA also says that the measure’s notification provisions are confusing and likely to result in second-guessing by trial lawyers.

“Providing a simple, understandable notification to consumers about a tire’s date of manufacture is reasonable,” Zielinski said. “But the bill provides several options that would likely lead to trial lawyers’ accusations that a dealer didn’t provide the most appropriate notification. This would force nearly all notifications to be given prior to the point of sale which will result in needless service delays.”

In an earlier letter of opposition to AB 496 author, Assembly Member Mike Davis, RMA noted that a prior-to-sale notification would be impractical and burdensome.

Although several auto and tire manufacturers have issued recommendations for tire replacement after a number of years, none are derived from technical data that suggests a tire would not perform after such time.

Allegations that there is a correlation between tire performance and chronological tire age are unfounded and unsupported by data. No auto industry, tire industry or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data has determined that a tire cannot perform when it reaches a particular chronological age.

Information provided by RMA to NHTSA shows that chronological tire age is not a factor in tire performance. An RMA study of 14,000 scrap tires did not reveal any indication that tires are removed from service once they reach a certain chronological age. A second comprehensive study of all claims made by consumers to tire manufacturers over a six-year period showed that the rate of claims as a function of the chronological age of tires actually decreases after six years.

“AB 496 would only benefit trial lawyers by creating a new roadmap to sue California tire dealers,” Zielinski said. “The measure makes inaccurate statements about tire performance and imposes new burdens on tire retailers in a particularly unfortunate economic climate.”

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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.