CLEVELAND (Oct. 16)—The Rubber Manufacturers Association took an active role in helping to shape the legislation and regulations that have been enacted since last year's Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. tire recall, RMA President Donald Shea said during a keynote address Tuesday at Rubber Expo ´01 in Cleveland. While the RMA decided cooperation with legislative authorities was the best approach, the tire industry also needed the RMA to represent its interests "and not roll over," Shea said. By doing so, he said the RMA was able to move Congress away from some potentially "draconian measures" in the the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act. "We needed to be in there helping to shape what Congress was deciding. We took it upon ourselves that, if they were going to craft a responsible piece of legislation, we were going to have to help them shape it."