BOWIE, Md. (Dec. 10, 2014) — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is prepared to fight a Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) proposal to reinstate a mandatory national tire registration program.
During a panel on tire registration and recalls at the Passenger Vehicle Tire Safety Symposium held by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, D.C., the RMA cited low registration rates of tires sold by independent retailers as the reason behind the proposal.
Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice president of training, participated on the same panel and called for a collective effort to educate consumers on the importance of registering tires. Mr. Rohlwing pointed out that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), RMA and tire manufacturers have made little to no effort to educate consumers and that low registration rates are more reflective of consumer apathy than the lack of compliance on the part of independent tire dealers.
“We are incredibly disappointed that RMA supports a legislative solution to the problem of low tire registration rates rather than educational [solutions],” said Roy Littlefield, TIA executive vice president.
“TIA has been working with RMA on a number of legislative issues like tire repair and used tires over the past few years, but there have been no discussions related to mandatory tire registration.
“We had talked about working together to educate and improve voluntary numbers, so it was a total shock to hear that they are proposing legislation over education.”