AKRON (Oct. 21)—Tire registrations have increased 48 percent in the past two years, and independent tire dealers are leading the way, according to Akron-based private tire registration firm CIMS Inc.
Taking figures it interpolated from industry publications, CIMS estimated that of 243.8 million tires sold in the U.S. in 2003, 140.6 million were sold either by company-owned stores or by independent dealers that use either CIMS registration forms or their own point-of-sale systems. Of those tires, 80.5 million—or 57.2 percent—were registered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA officials could not be reached for comment.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association and the Tire Industry Association do not keep figures on tire registration, though Becky MacDicken, TIA director of government affairs, said, "I would assume the CIMS figures are correct, since basically they're the keepers of the numbers."