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Manufacturers and importers want action on part worn tyres

Action needs to be taken to clamp down on the sale of part worn tyres, and those involved in the sale and fitment of part worn tyres need to be made aware of the consequences of their activities. That’s the view of a significant group of manufacturers and importers that participated in a survey carried out by the Tyre Trade Journal.

In an article in the Tyre Trade Journal, out on Friday, the manufacturers and importers say not only is there the risk from hidden damage or contamination but it is also nearly impossible for a buyer to know how old a tyre is. It was also highlighted that age and exposure to sunlight cause a tyre to degenerate over time and in particular the tread compound is seriously affected and its grip can seriously deteriorate.

A final and sobering thought is that part worn tyres can add two car lengths to stopping distances in the wet at 80 km/h, while they can also invalidate car insurance in an accident.