AKRON—The publisher of Rubber & Plastics News has called for the formation of a bilateral, industrywide commission to serve as an early warning system to help head off potential tire problems in the future.
That commission, said Robert Simmons, should include members from appropriate governmental agencies and the tire-manufacturing industry.
Mr. Simmons, who also is publications director of Tire Business, made the recommendation during a news conference at the International Tire Exhibition and Conference, held Sept. 12-14 in Akron and sponsored by RPN.
"My concern is that if the tire industry does not take quick, responsible action, someone else will do it for us," Mr. Simmons said.
The results of the deliberations of the commission would put in place structures that would help protect consumers should something of the magnitude of the Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. tire recall happen again, he said.
Tire company representatives on a commission of this nature should be vice president level or higher, he said, along with representatives of government agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation and/or Justice Department.
This commission should be funded entirely by the tire industry, Mr. Simmons added, and should seek cooperation of foreign governments in collecting and reporting accident data.
The question of enforcement powers would have to be determined by the appropriate legislative bodies.