RMA Makes Recommendations to NTSB - Tire Review Magazine

RMA Makes Recommendations to NTSB

In the midst of the two-day Passenger Vehicle Tire Safety Symposium taking place Dec. 9-10 in Washington, D.C., the RMA offered a four-point safety plan to the NTSB. These recommendations were offered for use when the agency finalizes a report on its study of tire-related issues later next year. RMA-Logo

“We believe that these four common-sense steps can have a positive effect on highway and motor vehicle safety,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president.

The RMA’s four recommendations are:

Improve Tire Registration: Congress should change the current tire registration law to require tire sellers to electronically register tires at point of sale. Current law only requires dealers to offer a paper card to consumers who must then mail the information to the tire manufacturer. Tire registration is a critical safety issue that allows consumers to be notified by a tire manufacturer in the event of a recall. Overall, fewer than 20% of all tires are registered.

TIN Lookup Tool: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) should create a web-based tool that tire dealers and consumers could use to quickly determine whether a tire is subject to a recall. A search tool would be based on the tire brand, model and Tire Identification Number (TIN) that is molded onto the tire sidewall. Currently, all tire manufacturers or importers of record must notify NHTSA of any tire recalls. Manufacturer submissions are entered into a government database but not easily utilized by tire dealers or consumers.

Stop Sales of Unsafe Used Tires: States should enact legislation to prohibit the sale of unsafe used tires. More than 30 million used tires become available for sale each year. Worn-out, damaged, improperly repaired tires are readily available from used tire shops across the nation. RMA is advocating state unsafe used tire legislation in at least four states in 2015. RMA efforts secured unsafe used tire legislation in Colorado in 2014.

Urge States to Help Motorists Be Tire Smart: States should incorporate tire care and maintenance messages into highway safety programs. RMA and tire manufacturers work with many stakeholders to promote proper tire maintenance and can share information and content to assist state highway safety offices. States should issue reminders during periods of heavy travel periods; use of roadside signs and other credible communication tools available should be used by states when possible.

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