Shocking report on tyre safety

Drivers are being warned about the dangers of buying second-hand tyres after trading standards officers in Birmingham found nine out of ten fail to meet minimum legal standards.

Birmingham City Council examined a selection of part worn tyres for sale across the city and discovered embedded nails, illegal tread depth and exposed cords.

One tyre was 17 years old.

The investigation comes just weeks after TyreSafe found that more than one in ten drivers is more likely to buy part worn tyres compared with 12 months ago.

"The results from the Birmingham investigation are extremely worrying and confirm our worst fears about part worn tyres," explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.

"Although guidelines do exist about the condition of tyres being sold as part worns, they are clearly not being adhered to by all traders. The types of faults found are extremely dangerous and if fitted to a vehicle, could have caused serious accident and injury. This serves as a warning to drivers and we would re-iterate our position that we would always recommend fitting brand new tyres."

As such a safety critical component, many regulations govern the sale of part worn tyres. Among them tyres must be permanently marked as part worn, they must have at least 2mm of tread depth around the whole tyre and the original grooves must be clearly visible in their entirety.

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