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Bill calls for dealers to disclose age of tires

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A bill has been introduced in the California state legislature that would require tire dealers to disclose the age of each passenger tire prior to the sale or installation of that tire.

The bill would require dealers to provide written disclosure to customers before sale or installation "about the risk associated with tire age" in seven languages -- including English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese -- "and to provide a clear and conspicuous written disclosure to the customers of the length of the remaining factory warranty on any tire sold as new or used," according to language in the bill.

In addition, sales documents for tires will be required to include a statement about the age of the tires. Customers would be required to sign their initials next to that statement. Dealers would then have to retain sales documents for at least three years.

"The bill would provide that any violation of its provisions is subject to a civil penalty of $250 per violation. The bill would authorize a person who did not receive these disclosures prior to the sale or installation of any tire to bring a civil action for injunctive relief, and would authorize the court to award to the plaintiff the $250 civil penalty and attorney's fees and costs, as specified."

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