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Tire Industry Association striving for recall reform

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) and non-profit advocacy organizations The Safety Institute and Families for Safer Recalls have scheduled a conference call for Tuesday, July 21, 2015, to discuss their joint support for national tire recall reform.

TIA and the other groups are jointly calling on the U.S. Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to support meaningful tire recall reform that includes a requirement for uniform electronic scan-ability of tires to ensure successful recall campaigns.

The call, scheduled for 11 a.m. EDT, will address why industry and safety advocates are aligning to head off proposals that would only tweak a broken system and to promote a solution that will improve safety, TIA says.

According to TIA, “Under the current system, the Tire Identification Number (TIN) – the unique code used to identify recalled tires is manually transmitted to manufacturers by consumers or tire service professionals. In the event of a recall, neither have tools that can quickly, easily and accurately determine whether tires are part of a recall.

“Recent efforts to reform the 40-year-old system are underway, but proposed legislation focuses on minor adjustments to a pencil-and-paper system. The coalition of the TIA, which represents tire dealers, and safety advocates are challenging policymakers to require a viable automated solution that will ensure motorist safety by making it easy to identify recalled tires and remove them from service.”

Roy Littlefield, executive vice president of the Tire Industry Association; Sean Kane, founder and president of the Board of Directors, The Safety Institute; and Rich Newsome, counsel, Families for Safer Recalls will be present during Tuesday’s call.

Interested parties can enter the call by dialing 866‑952‑1908 or 785‑424‑1827, and entering the conference identification ‘tires.’

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