This should be a good example to all authorities to ban the sale of Used tyres.
Unsafe Used Tyres are a worldwide problem
In this case, this article is about the used tyres problem that also affects the USA. Including, the UK and also the rest of Europe. That is to say that I can understand the problem. Which was stepped up to a higher level when the economic downturn started to bite. Forcing, the hard up motorists amongst us to be tempted and gamble on buying cheap part worn tyres, for their cars.
On the negative side, I think that the terrible economic downturn affected most people (my family and I included). Having to reign in their spending and cut their cloths accordingly. Shoppers began to buy cheaper tyres online. Giving the internet sales of tyres a massive boost. Consequently, many people looked at sites such as E Bay to reduce their car running costs and try save some money. This had a two-fold effect on the tyre industry. Many what I call “lower end” tyre dealers started to sell what they called “used tyres” which are better known in the UK as “part worn tyres”, or they are known as New and Used Tyres.
Increase with customers experiencing tyre problems
At the same time we at Pellon tyres in Halifax UK, started to see an increase in customers with tyre problems. Also at the same time as this, hundreds of small tyre shops started to open up in every town across the country. These were all selling used tyres to the gullible motoring public, who thought that they buying a bargain tyre, when in fact they were perhaps putting their lives at risk. Since the rise of the part worn tyres there has been a significant rise in the road traffic accident figures and this has been linked to the use of these dangerous tyres.
We seem to get this problem at every recession that the country has to endure. The last time was in the nineties, when the government of the time had to pass legislation, to make the used tyres safer. They did this by passing regulations that said that these tyres should be tested and marked up as “Part Worn Car Tyres“.
The following used Tyre Safety Regulations are from TyreSafe UK
Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.) part of the Consumer Protection Act. In effect, then it is an offense for anyone to sell part worn tyres that do not meet the following principal requirements:
The structural integrity must not be compromised. It should be free of large cuts, any bulges or lumps both internally and externally. No plies or cords should be exposed. Tyres must have passed an inflation test prior to sale.
The original grooves must still be clearly visible. That is to say, in their entirety and must be to a depth of at least 2 mm. Across the full breadth of the tread, around its entire circumference.
Part worn tyres which have not been re-treaded must clearly show the relevant ‘E’ mark alongside which ‘PART-WORN’ must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4 mm high. These words cannot be hot branded or cut into the tyre.
Part-worn tyres that have been re-treaded must have one of the following:
BS AU 144b, 144c, 144d, or 144e markings on the side wall (if first supplied as a re-tread on or before 31 December 2003 an ECE approval mark (if first supplied as a re-tread on or after 1 January 2004)
a permanent mark to identify the original model and manufacturer, the word ‘RETREAD’ moulded onto or into its sidewall (in upper case letters at least 4mm high) and further markings in accordance with ECE rules. You may need to seek further advice as to which rules apply
The indication ‘PART WORN’ must also appear next to the BS or ECE approval mark, or next to the word ‘RETREAD’
For tyres marked BS AU 144e, a speed category symbol and load capacity marking should be present.
A tyre has to comply with all these requirements whether or not it is fitted to a rim. This means that all the part worn tyres that are in your stock should be marked up and comply with the law. I have nothing against the sale of used tyres that comply with this law, but unfortunately it has gone to the wayside.
Governments and local county and council officials are starting to clamp down on these people
But it is a long slow slog, trading standards have had staff cuts, like most other government departments and are fully stretched to take action.
Good news is starting to come out of the USA now with counties such as Florida looking at a complete ban the sale of these tyres and I think that this will spread and eventually it will sink in with pressure from the legitimate tyre dealers and organisations like the excellent tyresafe.org.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.