WASHINGTON (July 9)—Excluding "early warning" reporting data from coverage as confidential business information would do untold harm to the tire industry, according to statements from the Rubber Manufacturers Association, the Tire Industry Association and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Allowing free access to such data is "contrary to the express wish of Congress" under the Transportation Recall Efficiency, Accountability and Documentation Act, the RMA and TIA said. "As a smaller participant in the highly concentrated, oligopolistic tire industry, Cooper is particularly vulnerable to harm resulting from the wholesale release of so-called 'early warning information,' " Findlay, Ohio-based Cooper added. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued the proposal April 30 and accepted comments until July 1.
RMA, TIA, Cooper protest NHTSA confidential business proposal
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