Jacques Bajer, who was a key figure in the radialization of the United States tire market, recently died at the age of 91.
Bajer, who was born in France, emigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s.
He worked at Ford Motor Co. from 1955 to 1970 and while there was involved in the development of the tire uniformity grading machine and low-profile tires.
His work resulted in the development of uniformity standards and original equipment specifications for tires, wheels and manufacturing consistency.
In the 1970s, Bajer - who held many patents on tire design and production - established his own company, Tire Systems Engineering, which provided tire and vehicle systems consultant services.
Bajer, who also contributed to MTD, was elected to the Tire Industry Hall of Fame in 2006.He is survived by his three children, Christopher, Marc and Frédérique; his grandchildren, Paul, Nicolas, Sonia, Amelia and Lillian; great grandchildren, Howard, Veronica and Auguste; and his second wife, Anneliese.