Science: Science, Oct. 18, 1943

Tire Trouble

The synthetic-rubber situation, which seemed well in hand when Rubber Czar William M. Jeffers resigned last month, was somewhat out of hand again last week. Five major tire makers warned of a possible breakdown in tire making, chiefly because of shortages in manpower and rayon cord. The total tire reserve was down to less than 3,000,000. The manufacturers doubted that they could meet the goal of 30,000,000 new tires next year. And some disappointed motorists began to raise doubts about the quality of synthetic-rubber tires.

Rubber Director Bradley Dewey, Jeffers' successor, promptly...

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