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SEMA Show Preview: TIA addresses TPMS, waste oil and electronic stability control

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During its board meeting held prior to the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) passed three resolutions.

The first addresses tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) failure. The association pledged to work to incorporate illuminated TPMS Malfunction Indicator Lights "as an inspection failure in any state or province with a periodic vehicle safety inspection."

The second involves the issue of waste oil in Superfund sites under Congressional bill H.R. 2211, which TIA supports. "H.R. 2211 seeks to clarify and change the current date of the availability of the (small business auto repair facilities) exemption from March 8, 1993, to Nov. 8, 1986..." says the resolution. "The association will work for the passage of H.R. 2211 with all means available."

The third addresses the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's proposed electronic stability control (ESC) standard, FMVSS No. 126, which would require ESC systems on all vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or less by model year 2012. "(TIA) will organize with all affected industry associations to limit the impact of ESC regulation on the servicing of vehicles in our shops," says the resolution.

The resolutions help dictate association policy, according to Roy Littlefield, TIA's executive vice president.

TIA ended 2005 with a net profit of $809,000. Littlefield said that through the first six months of 2006, the association has "a significant surplus," and expects to end the year "with a healthy net profit."

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