RMA demands efficient early warning system

March 23, 2001

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop and implement "an effective and focused" automotive early warning system.

NHTSA should concentrate on collecting useful information instead of "casting a wide net seeking vast amounts of data that may not be reliable or relevant," says Ann Wilson, RMA vice president of government affairs.

Tire-related data should be gathered in four categories, according to the RMA: claims of serious injuries and fatalities supposedly involving tires; lawsuits involving tires; property damage claims paid by tiremakers; and warranty adjustments.

Last year's Transportation Recall Enhancement Accountability Documentation (TREAD) Act requires that NHTSA create an early warning safety system for vehicles.

"We look forward to working closely with NHTSA to help design a system that is consumer- and safety-focused," Wilson says.