WASHINGTON-The Rubber Manufacturers Association has asked Safety Seal North Shore Laboratories, Peabody, Mass, to stop using the RMA's name in advertising its ``Safety Seal Plus'' liquid tire patch. Safety Seal said it honored the association's request, but meant no harm in using the RMA name in the first place. ``We were just saying there are common criteria for safe tire repair, used by the RMA and other groups, and that Safety Seal Plus meets those criteria,'' said Doug Dunsmore, the firm's vice president of marketing.
Ads for Safety Seal Plus stated that it ``meets RMA and industry standards by forming a perfect seal at the innerliner and filling the injury without buffing or grinding the innerliner.''
In a Sept. 13 letter to Safety Seal President Robert Niconchuk, RMA attorney John DeGooyer said the RMA does not endorse products, nor did it give approval for use of its name. He also asked for copies of information the company uses to ``support the claims made for this product.''
Mr. Dunsmore said all his company intended was to show Safety Seal Plus meets published RMA criteria for tire repair.