WASHINGTON (Sept. 21)—The Rubber Manufacturers Association has called for changes in regulations concerning tire safety, in the wake of the Firestone tire recall. "Congress, (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and tire manufacturers have an opportunity to craft significant legislative and regulatory initiatives regarding tire safety," said Donald Shea, president of the trade group that includes all major U.S. tire makers, in a letter to NHTSA Administrator Sue Bailey. Shea said the tire industry supports a requirement that it report on recalls or safety-related defect campaigns of tires made in the U.S. that take place in foreign countries, and implementation of an "early warning system" for consumers. The RMA also will continue to work with NHTSA to revise and update the 30-year-old federal standard covering the performance of passenger tires. "We believe that NHTSA is the appropriate body to address the complex issues surrounding the reporting of data," Shea said. "Therefore we support a rulemaking initiative by NHTSA and pledge our full cooperation in this endeavor." He said the RMA is launching a campaign to educate the public on proper tire care and maintenance.