WASHINGTON-The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association is undertaking a survey to evaluate the customer service relationships between retreaders and their equipment and material suppliers. The NTDRA will present the results of the study at the Town Hall membership meeting, Sept. 9, during its Dallas convention.
The survey, sent to NTDRA retreader members, includes 16 questions covering various aspects of marketing, distribution, back orders, credits and adjustments.
'Zipper' task force to hold first meeting
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The American Retreaders' Association has assembled a 13-member task force to study the problem of sidewall ``zipper'' explosions in all-steel radial truck tires.
The study arises out of a panel discussion at the ARA convention in April that delved into industry concerns about zipper problems. The task force will meet July 19 at the ARA headquarters in Louisville.
The members include ARA Executive Director Marvin Bozarth; ARA Technical Director Bob Majewski; ARA President Mike Berra of Community Tire Co. Inc., St. Louis; Floyd Myers of Bandag Inc.; Ken Ball of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.; Glenn Jones of Exxon Corp.; Al Cohn of Goodyear; Jack McCammond of Michelin Tire Corp.; Mike King of Oliver Rubber Co.; Jim Osborne of Rema Tip Top/North America Inc.; Peggy Fisher of Roadway Tire Co., Columbus, Ohio; Frank Timmons of the Rubber Manufacturers Association; and Glenn Follen of Standards Testing Laboratories.
Wisconsin man killed while inflatiing LT tire
MONTFORT, Wis.-A 57-year-old construction worker died after a light truck tire he was inflating exploded June 18.
Donald A. Kephart, owner of Kephart Excavating Co., likely died instantly after a bead blew out on a tire next to which he was kneeling. The explosion hurled the pickup truck rim which struck Mr. Kephart on the head, according to Iowa County Coroner Timothy Correll.
Mr. Kephart was alone in his shop when the accident occurred, Dr. Correll said.
A Kephart Excavating employee said he was unaware of the type of tire or rim involved in the fatal accident and that both have since been thrown away.
Product liability bill dies in Congress
WASHINGTON-The effort to pass uniform product liability legislation in this Congress died June 29 when Senate supporters failed twice to end a filibuster on the bill.
A tight schedule for the remainder of the session will prevent further votes on S.B. 687, the Product Liability Fairness Act, and similar legislation in the House has languished at the committee level.
Supporters of the bill insisted the legislation was necessary to bring down the exorbitant costs of liability litigation and insurance. Opponents claimed the bill would curtail the rights of consumers harmed by unsafe products.
Runaway truck tire takes crash course
DULUTH, Minn.-A dual tire and wheel assembly flew off a garbage truck and embarked on a wild ride before crashing into a parked Chevrolet S-10 Blazer in Duluth on June 17.
Reportedly, a bearing malfunction caused the dual wheel to dislodge from the truck as the driver was pulling off an inclined street to stop and investigate failing brakes.
The runaway wheel steamrolled an anchored metal clothesline and rammed into the corner of an apartment building knocking a double window out of its frame. The wheel then continued down an embankment where it crashed into the Blazer.
TISC issues updated consumer tire guide
WASHINGTON-The Tire Industry Safety Council has updated its consumer tire booklet and renamed it Motorist's Tire Care and Safety Guide.
Formerly titled the Consumer Tire Guide, the 18-page publication includes information on proper tire maintenance and safety tips.
Individual copies are free; bulk orders are $25 per 100 copies or $250 per 1,000. Dealerships can custom stamp their names on the back of the pamphlet.
To order, mail check or money order to: TISC, P.O. Box 3147, Medina, Ohio 44258; or contact Diane Reece at (800) 325-5095.
Big O stock growth study due in Sept.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.-The Investment Committee of Big O Tires Inc.'s board of directors selected PaineWebber Inc. July 5 to evaluate alternatives for enhancing the tire franchiser's stock value.
The move stems from the Englewood-based company's annual meeting, June 8, where a simple majority of shareholders voted for a proposal to retain an investment banker.
The board created the committee, comprised of the board's six independent directors, on June 9 to make the selection.
PaineWebber is expected to provide an assessment in September.