MATS attendees take 367 stabs at Goodyear

April 12, 2012

During the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky., March 22-24, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. set a DuraSeal Technology record.

MATS attendees drove 367 nail holes into a Goodyear G394 SST wide-base trailer tire at the tire maker’s booth, without any impact on tire inflation, says Goodyear.

Attendees punctured the tire using Goodyear’s “DuraSeal Popper,” a device that enables users to pierce the tread area of a tire by pulling down on a handle. (The tire was mounted on the DuraSeal Popper but not under a load at the time.)

“DuraSeal Technology is the industry’s first and only built-in tire sealant, and is designed for multiple punctures while maintaining tire pressure," said Tim Miller, marketing communications manager, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems.

DuraSeal is a yellow, gel-like rubber compound that instantly seals punctures of up to ¼-inch in diameter in the tread area of the tire. (It does not seal sidewall punctures.) As a nail enters the tire and reaches the tire’s inner liner, DuraSeal immediately surrounds the puncture to seal the leak.

“If the nail is pulled out, DuraSeal can instantly fill the hole and keep air from escaping,” said Miller. “People are amazed that a truck tire can seal itself.”

Goodyear’s DuraSeal Technology is available in drive and trailer tires for over-the-road applications, plus in all-position tires for mixed service and waste-haul applications. To learn more about DuraSeal, visit