Retail

New Jersey Governor Signs Unsafe Used Tire Law

Posted on August 8, 2017

A new law in New Jersey forbids the sale of unsafe used tires. The legislation, signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Aug. 7, 2017, was supported by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), Tire Industry Association and the New Jersey Gas Station-C-Store Automotive Association.

The law fines businesses that sell tires that exhibit any of these unsafe conditions:

— tread depth of less than 1/16 inch measurable in any groove;
— damage exposing the reinforcing plies of the tire, including any cuts, cracks, bulges, punctures, scrapes or wear;
— improper repairs, including, but not limited to:

  • any repair to the sidewall or bead area of the tire;
  • any repair made in the tread shoulder or belt edge area of the tire;
  • any puncture that has not been sealed or patched on the inside and repaired with a cured rubber stem through the outside of the tire;
  • any puncture repair of damage larger than 1/4 inch;

— evidence of prior use of a temporary tire sealant without evidence of a subsequent proper repair;
defaced or missing tire identification number;
— inner liner or bead damage; or
— signs of internal separation, such as bulges or local areas of irregular tread wear.

Violators will be subject to a fine up to $500 for a first offense. A second offense will be considered a violation of the Consumer Fraud Act and subject to a penalty up to $10,000. Additional violations will be subject to a penalty of up to $20,000.

Anne Forristall Luke, CEO and president of the USTMA, said, “New Jersey has taken a bold step to protect motorists from high-risk used tires that have no business being put back into service on New Jersey roads."

The USTMA says its research shows more than 30 million used tires are available for sale nationally. The legislation does not ban all used tire sales. It targets used tires that have specific, well-established, unsafe conditions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says worn-out tires are three times more likely to be involved in a crash than tires with sufficient tread depth. NHTSA crash statistics indicate about 200 fatalities and 6,000 injuries are attributed to tire-related causes annually.

The law was sponsored by Democrats Shavonda Sumter and Raj Mukherji.

Sumter said, "What initially seems like a good deal ultimately can be deadly in the market for tires. Retailers who sell damaged tires to consumers endanger not only their customers but also everyone else on the road. Banning the sale of damaged tires simply is a common-sense matter of public safety."

Mukherji said, "Drivers in New Jersey should be able to buy tires and rest assured that the items they've purchased are safe. The lower cost of used tires does not warrant putting lives across the state at risk. Damaged goods that put consumers in danger simply should not be on the market, especially when it comes to tires."

Related Topics: Anne Forristall Luke, legislation, New Jersey, TIA, used tires, USTMA

Comments ( 1 )
  • Dennis Calaff

     | about 2 days ago

    Setting the law is one thing but who is going to check upon the offenders and how often? They will continue to sell if no one is watching them. If you catch one or two the word will get around and maybe they will all be more into following the law, just maybe!

More Stories
News

Tireco's Milestar Brand Launches Responsive Website

Tireco Inc.'s new mobile responsive website for Milestar tires is designed to showcase updated news, features and available tire sizes while serving as a hub for consumers to interact with the Milestar brand.

Kenda newcomer Chris Tolbert will help expand the Traction Dealer Network.
News

Chris Tolbert Joins Kenda USA

Tire Industry veteran Chris Tolbert has joined Kenda USA's North American Automotive Business team as director of business development. He will report to Vice President Brandon Stotsenburg, who says Tolbert will help "accelerate Kenda’s strong sales and brand awareness in the PCR and LTR segment with premium performance at a value price.”

The new Gabriel training menu is divided into two sections, one for light vehicle training and one for heavy-duty training. Both sections include a series of training videos for dealers and installers to better sell and install Gabriel shocks and struts.
News

Gabriel Website Offers Training Resources

Ride Control LLC has launched its Gabriel website training menu with a series of training options as an expansion of its Answerman technical service offerings. This includes videos, technical bulletins, online catalogs and FAQs for both light and heavy-duty vehicles.

News

Hankook Suffers Sales Slowdown in 2Q 2017

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. posted income before taxes of 3.1 trillion won on net sales of nearly 17.3 trillion won for the second period ended June 30, 2017. That compares to income of 2 trillion won on sales of 16.4 trillion won for the same period in fiscal 2016.

News

Mighty Reveals New Brake Program

Mighty Distributing System of America Inc. has released an improved brake program that provides a “better” and “best” solution for automotive repair facilities and their customers.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from MTD delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the tire industry and don't miss a thing!