Published on October 31, 2006 @ 6:00am EST

Paul Hyatt installed as TIA president


LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31, 2006) — Paul Hyatt, president of Superior Tire & Auto in Scarborough, Ontario, officially became president of the Tire Industry Association (TIA) Oct. 30 when outgoing president Bob Malerba passed him the gavel.

In becoming the association's top elected official, Mr. Hyatt also becomes its first international president.

During the half-hour meeting, the TIA membership also passed three resolutions involving abandoned waste oil collection sites, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) and electronic stability control (ESC).

Regarding TPMS, the association said it will work to incorporate illuminated TPMS malfunction monitor lights as an inspection failure in any state or province with a periodic vehicle safety inspection. TIA noted that many consumers choose to ignore these dashboard lights.

The association also will work for passage of H.R. 2211, which would clarify and change the current date of availability of an exemption for small business auto repair facilities that recycle do-it-yourselfer-generated waste oil.

TIA also resolved to organize with all affected industry associations to limit the impact of ESC systems regulations on the servicing of vehicles in TIA member shops. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on Sept. 18 to establish a new FMVSS No. 126 regulation requiring ESC systems on all vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less by model year 2012.

This requirement, like that for TPMS, will have a “serious impact on the servicing of suspension, wheel and tire systems that would affect the vehicle handling or stopping systems,” TIA said.


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