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New York is very close to ridding its state of plug-only repairs. The implication is that they are not safe. What do you think?

(For background material, read up on the story.)

Bill  S 7082, the Proper Tire Repair Act, and and its Assembly companion, A 9683, would impose a $500 penalty on a repair shop that attempts to repair tires without removing the tire from the rim, among other conditions.

It also sets standards for when a tire can be repaired, and  provides guidance to motor vehicle repair shops about how to properly repair tires.

1. Demount the tire from the rim/wheel assembly.

2. Inspect the tire to determine the extent of damage on the inside of the tire.

3. Clean the inner liner to remove any contaminants inside the tire.

4. Remove the damaged portions of the tire.

5. Buff the inner liner to create a smooth and even surface.

6. Fill the  injury with a cured rubber stem and properly install a tire patch or install a combination repair unit.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has long-standing industry tire repair standards that, according to Senior Vice President Dan Zielinski, clearly outline the steps necessary to properly repair tires.

The Tire Industry Association includes nail hole repair procedures as part of its Automotive Tire Service training program.

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

What do you think about the issue of plug-only repairs? Should the government get involved in this issue, either on a state-by-state or federal basis? Let the industry know by leaving a comment, either following this item or the story on which it is based, "N.Y. is close to banning plug-only repairs."

Also,check out this link to read about consumer tire repair do's and don'ts:

"Knowing what not to repair."

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