- Tire Safety
Cooper® Tire constantly strives to provide you with great service and value by continuously providing you with safety information goes beyond just the point of sale. This will keeping you well informed and up-to-date on tire safety issues is important.
OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.177 on Servicing Multi-Piece and Single-Piece Rim Wheels on trucks, trailers, busses, and off-road vehicles is the source of regulation for proper equipment, mounting and dismounting procedures, and training requirements. It also gives requirements for maintenance and review of documented training. It does not apply to passenger and light truck service using automobile tires or “LT” tires.
USTMA Wall Charts
Wall charts for medium truck service locations are an OSHA requirement and serve as a source of awareness, training, industry standards and education. In the unfortunate event of a work place accident or injury, failure to have these charts on display may result in fines.
Charts needed for medium truck service include:
- Zipper Rupture
- Puncture Repair Procedures for Truck/Bus Tires
- Demounting and Mounting Procedures for Truck/Bus Tires
- Multi-piece Rim Matching Chart
Additional charts are needed for shops that also provide passenger/light truck service.
All USTMA wall charts can be ordered online at www.ustires.org/tire-repair-resources.
Proper Truck Tire Repair
The puncture repair injury limit is 3/8' in the tread area. The tire must be removed from the wheel for a thorough inspection for any internal damage. The repair must include a patch for the liner and an insert to fill the injury. Punctures outside the tread area must be sent to a full-service facility for repair. Never substitute an inner tube for a repair. Tire repair should be done only by trained personnel.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE USTMA RECOMMENDED PROCEDURES COULD LEAD TO SUDDEN TIRE FAILURE!
Tire Maintenance and Inspections
A monthly maintenance inspection, for which the consumer must be primarily responsible, should focus on proper inflation pressure, tread wear, tread depth and tire damage. Proper tire and vehicle maintenance is the key to insuring your customers get the most out of their tire purchase.
Consumers should check the air pressure when tires are cold and visually inspect their tires for tread epth and any signs of damage regularly - at least once a month and always before long trips.
Tire Registration Cards
It's important that you register your Cooper® tire purchases promptly. The purpose of tire registration is to enable the tire manufacturer to contact you directly in the event of a recall. While a recall is unlikely, it's important to make sure your tires are properly registered.
Tire registration can be handled by the dealer or the consumer using the mail in cards found in the warranty booklet or with a generic tire registration card or on-line at www.coopertrucktires.com.
For additional questions or information please contact Consumer Relations at 1-800-854-6288.