Tyre bulges can prove fatal, warns compound innovator

9th July 2012

Eamon Smyth, the inventor of the new Tyre Bulge Detector, has moved to stress the importance of motorists remaining vigilant of the dangers of problems like this.

Speaking to HGVUK, the Irish innovator warned that leaving compound surface bumps unregulated can result in serious punctures leading to a  loss of control and a potentially fatal crash.

In previous times, it was difficult for drivers to monitor the condition of compounds and whether any bulges or serious imperfections were present, without visiting a tyre fitting retailer.

Mr Smyth believes that could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to his new detector, which is able to assess the deterioration of compound integrity, even while in transit.

Designed to appear as a shroud U-shaped device that monitors both sides of the tyre and the road-engaging surface – the motorist is alerted should any bulge or unusual dimension be noticed.

Despite the importance of assessing compound surface, the inventor has admitted that take-up for his new device has been limited.

“After much canvassing in recent months of the top HGV and Bus manufacturers, I have come to the conclusion that this issue is simply not taken seriously enough,” he said.

The device represents the latest innovation in the world of car travel, with Michelin Tyres previously unveiling its Active Wheel technology at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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