The Rubber Manufacturers Association, or RMA, includes members representing
about 80% of all tires that are shipped in the United States. As an additional
safety step for consumers, the company recently launched a digital search
engine specifically for tire recalls. Consumers can find recalls from
2000 until 2016 within the tool.
Simply find the tire identification number, or TIN, on the sidewall of
your vehicle’s tires and input the number into the RMA recall search
tool online. The tool also offers contact information to have recalled
or defective tires replaced.
RMA is also assisting the NHTSA in creating its own tire recall search tool.
Tire safety is of utmost importance. Every vehicle operates because of
tires, so maintaining this vehicle base is step one in vehicle safety.
Not only should consumers be aware of existing tire recalls, but regular
service should be performed on a vehicle’s tires as well. Statistics
show that 4/5 drivers do not fully comprehend the process of checking
tire pressure – and half of drivers depend on the tire pressure
listed on the tire instead of within the driver’s door post. Checking
tire tread using the penny test is another important knowledge that all
drivers should have. If your tires are worn or flat, navigating roadways
becomes much more troubling – especially in adverse weather conditions.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association reminds us to "be good to your
tires and they'll be good to you". For more information on how
to check for proper tire maintenance, see the RMA video below.