WASHINGTON—Throughout March, the Rubber Manufacturers Association will offer free tire repair wall charts and handouts to tire dealers and auto service locations across the U.S., the RMA said.
RMA consumer research shows that many U.S. motorists who have had a tire puncture do not know how to identify an improper tire repair, the association said in a Feb. 12 news release. The free materials will help tire dealers and auto repair shops to educate consumers about proper tire repair, it said.
According to the RMA's statistics, about 30 percent of motorists who have had a puncture don't know that a tire must be removed from the rim before it can be repaired properly, and more than 60 percent trust auto technicians to repair tires properly.
“Giving automotive service providers access to tire industry repair guidelines is the first step to ensuring tire repairs are done correctly,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, in the news release. “This information is important to prevent improper repairs from endangering motorist safety.”
The free RMA information includes the association's puncture repair wall chart, in print or electronic form; a printed handout that can be used to inform motorists about RMA repair standards; and other downloadable materials. The materials may be found here.