U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association Supports Ohio Used Tire Bill

USTMA Supports Ohio Used Tire Bill

The USTMA testified today before an Ohio House of Representatives committee to support consumer protection legislation to reduce the risk of unsafe used tires.

Ohio Statehouse
The Ohio Statehouse.

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association testified Jan. 31, 2018, before an Ohio House of Representatives committee to support consumer protection legislation to reduce the risk of unsafe used tires.

“Requiring automotive service professionals to be appropriately accountable when they return used tires back to road service is a simple, reasonable attempt to protect consumers,” said Courtney Titus Brooks, USTMA director of government relations. “We urge Ohio legislators to enact this important legislation.”

The Ohio Senate passed the legislation, SB 223, in December. USTMA is leading a coalition of Ohio business community organizations, tire dealers, automotive service professionals and safety advocates that support the bill, which defines an “unsafe tire” with the following characteristics:

  • Worn-out tires (tread depth measures 2/32-in. or less);
  • Damage that exposes a tire’s inner components, such as body plies or steel belts;
  • Inner liner damage – the component of the tire that holds air to keep it inflated;
  • Tires with improper repairs;
  • Damaged tires treated with a tire sealant but not subsequently repaired to industry standards.

Under SB 223, violations can be subject to a fine of no more than $1,000 per violation. Installation of an unsafe used tire would violate the Consumer Sales Practice Act (Sec. 1345.03).

The Ohio Legislature committees will next hear the bill’s proponents and opponents with each typically receiving a separate hearing. SB 223 had its sponsor hearing last week. An opponents’ hearing and possible committee vote on the measure is expected next week, USTMA says.

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