Used Tire Bill Is Headed to Texas Governor's Desk

Posted on May 30, 2017

Texas lawmakers have approved legislation to prohibit the installation of unsafe used tires.

The bill, HB 2774, would penalize a business that installs a tire with any of the unsafe conditions identified under the state’s annual vehicle safety inspection law. Those conditions include tread depth of 1/16th inch or less; damage that exposes the tire body cords; bumps, bulges or knots that may indicate tread separation and other conditions.

The bill is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature.

The bill is supported by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, USTMA, (formerly the Rubber Manufacturers Association), and AAA.

USTMA research indicates more than 30 million used tires are available for sale nationally each year. The legislation does not ban all used tires. It targets used tires that have specific, well-established, unsafe conditions.

Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA's CEO and president says, “This legislation will help prevent crashes and contribute to a safer driving experience for Texas motorists.”

“We applaud Rep. (Dade Phelan’s leadership in advancing this important safety bill,” Luke said. “We also are thankful to Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso) for leading the Senate effort. We will be working hard now to ensure that Gov. Abbott gives final approval.”

For more information about USTMA, visit

Related Topics: Anne Forristall Luke, legislation, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, used tires

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