Florida Legislature Advances Legislation To Prohibit Sale Of Unsafe Used Tires

Worn-out, Damaged, Dangerous Used Tires Readily Available

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3, 2013 – Legislation to prohibit the sale of unsafe used tires that are readily available and pose a significant risk to motorists is advancing in the Florida Legislature.

SB 1588 is supported by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade organization for tire manufacturers, which says that businesses should not be permitted to offer tires that are worn out, damaged or exhibit other unsafe conditions. Another bill, HB 485, was recently amended and it now conforms to SB 1588. Each bill has been passed unanimously by a committee in its respective chamber.Both bills identify conditions that identify an unsafe used tire.

“If enacted, this legislation will help improve highway and motorist safety in Florida by addressing the sale of unsafe used tires,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president. “Safety is the highest priority for the tire industry and we fully support this legislation.”

To demonstrate the problem and availability of unsafe used tires, RMA and its members purchased several examples of unsafe used tires from Florida used tire stores. Each tire exhibited one or more conditions that are clearly unsafe: worn out, visible damage to the tread or other portions of a tire or; improperly repaired.

“Unsafe used tires are readily available for sale across the nation,” Zielinski said. “Any used tire is a risky proposition since it’s impossible to know the service history of a tire used by someone else. But some businesses are compounding that problem by selling tires that anyone in the tire business should know are dangerous.”

RMA obtained tires that were bald; had significant damage; or had punctures that were improperly repaired or not repaired at all.

Tires worn to 2/32nds of an inch are considered bald and are dangerous. Such tires no longer provide sufficient grip on the road, particularly under wet conditions. Tires with damage exposing steel belts or other internal components threaten a tire’s structural integrity. Improperly repaired tires can suffer loss of inflation pressure or have hidden damage that may contribute to tire failure.

“We are working to educate policymakers and consumers about the dangers of unsafe used tires and will advocate state laws to prohibit the sale of used tires with conditions that pose a significant motorist safety risk,” Zielinski said. “Consumers may think used tires are a bargain but saving a few dollars isn’t worth the risk if your choice includes a worn out or damaged tire.”

RMA published an information bulletin on used tires several years ago. The group is currently advocating unsafe used tire legislation in Florida and Texas.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

Additional information:

B-Roll Available

Proposed Law Will Prohibit Sale of Unsafe Used Tires

Worn-out, Damaged Tires Readily Available
Testimony of the Rubber Manufacturers Association

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27, 2013 – A Texas Senate committee today is considering a bill to prohibit the sale of unsafe used tires that are readily available and pose a significant risk to motorists.

SB 459, introduced by Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D), is supported by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade organization for tire manufacturers. RMA, which is testifying at today’s hearing, believes businesses should not be permitted to offer tires that are worn out, damaged or exhibit other unsafe conditions.

“This legislation will help improve highway and motorist safety in Texas by addressing the sale of unsafe used tires,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president. “Safety is the highest priority for the tire industry and we support this legislation.”

To demonstrate the problem and availability of unsafe used tires, RMA purchased several used tires from used tire stores in Texas. Each tire exhibited one or more conditions that are clearly unsafe: worn out, visible damage to the tread or other portions of a tire or; improperly repaired.

“Unsafe used tires are readily available for sale across the nation,” Zielinski said. “Any used tire is a risky proposition since it’s impossible to know the service history of a tire used by someone else. But some businesses are compounding that problem by selling tires that anyone in the tire business should know are dangerous.”

Tires worn to 2/32nds of an inch are considered bald and are dangerous. Such tires no longer provide sufficient grip on the road, particularly under wet conditions. Tires with damage exposing steel belts or other internal components threaten a tire’s structural integrity. Improperly repaired tires can suffer loss of inflation pressure or have hidden damage that may contribute to tire failure.

“We are working to educate policymakers and consumers about the dangers of unsafe used tires and will advocate state laws to prohibit the sale of used tires with conditions that pose a significant motorist safety risk,” Zielinski said. “Consumers may think used tires are a bargain but saving a few dollars isn’t worth the risk if your choice includes a worn out or damaged tire.”

RMA published an information bulletin on used tires several years ago. The group is currently advocating unsafe used tire legislation in Florida and Texas.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

Additional information:

B-Roll Available

Link to SB 459

RMA Tire Industry Service Bulletin

NEW YORK SENATE ADVANCES TIRE REPAIR LEGISLATION

Action Occurs During National Tire Safety Week

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

ALBANY, NYJune 8, 2012 - A New York Senate committee approved legislation to require automotive repair shops to properly repair tires.

S 7082, the Proper Tire Repair Act, would impose a $500 penalty on a repair shop that attempts to repair tires without removing the tire from the rim, inspecting for damage and ensuring that a repair conforms to repair procedures supported by tire makers. The bill was passed by the Senate Transportation Committee on June 5 during National Tire Safety Week, a tire industry initiative that promotes safety with a focus on educating consumers about how to properly maintain and care for their tires.

“This legislation will help protect motorists from the risks of improperly repaired tires,” said Dan Zielinski, senior vice president for the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), an industry trade group that represents tire manufacturers. “Despite years of effort by tire manufacturers, tire dealer organizations and tire repair materials manufacturers to educate repair shops about proper repair, too many improper repairs are performed.”

RMA has long-standing industry tire repair standards that clearly outline the steps necessary to properly repair tires.

S 7082 and its Assembly companion, A 9683, would prohibit a motor vehicle repair shop from repairing a tire if any of the following conditions exist:

  • The tire tread depth is equal to or less than 2/32 inch on any area of the tread
  • The damage is to a tire sidewall
  • The damage extends into the tread shoulder/belt edge area
  • The damage exceeds 1/4 inch
  • The tire has an existing improper repair
  • The repair will overlap an existing, proper repair

The legislation also provides guidance to motor vehicle repair shops about how to properly repair tires:

  • Demount the tire from the rim/wheel assembly
  • Inspect the tire to determine the extent of damage on the inside of the tire
  • Clean the inner liner to remove any contaminants inside the tire
  • Remove the damaged portions of the tire
  • Buff the inner liner to create a smooth and even surface
  • Fill the injury with a cured rubber stem and properly install a tire patch or install a combination repair unit

“RMA supports these bills and urges New York legislators to enact this legislation,” Zielinski said.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.