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How Safe Are Part Worn Tyres?

Trading Standard offices across the UK are being urged to enforce existing regulations regarding the sale of part worn tyres in a bid to help improve consumer safety after a month-long nationwide investigation by TyreSafe and Auto Express unearthed some alarming results.

Click here to read Auto Express's Part Worn News Article.

Part Worn Tyres and the Law

Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.) part of the Consumer Protection Act, it is an offence for anyone to sell part worn tyres that do not meet the following principal requirements:

Key Fact34% of part worn tyres contain potentially dangerous forms of damage or non-compliance.
Source: TyreSafe

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Structural Integrity

The structural integrity should be free of large cuts, any bulges or lumps both internally and externally. No plies or cords should be exposed.

Part worn tyres which have not been retreaded

Part worn tyres which have not been retreaded must clearly show the relevant 'E' mark alongside which 'PART-WORN' must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high.

Grooves

The original grooves must still be clearly visible in their entirely and must be to a depth of at least 2mm across the full breadth of the tread, around its entire circumference.

Inflation test

Tyres must have passed an inflation test prior to sale.

Part worn tyres which have been retreaded

Part worn tyres which have been retreaded must show the relevant British Standards mark as applied at the time of retreading alongside which 'PART-WORN' must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high.

Repair of part worn tyres

Any repair to a part worn tyre must have been carried out in accordance with paragraphs 4-7 of BS AU 159.

Results of TyreSafe's part worn tyre investigation

Fault / Non Conformity  % of Tyres Found in Sample (n=50)
Not correctly marked "Part worn"

   98

Repair not in accordance with BS AU 159
   16
Bead damage (fitting/removal)
   4
Exposed Cords
   2
Evidence of running under-inflation
   6
Inner liner damager/open liner splices
   4
Object still penetrating tyre
   2


Useful Links

    •    Tyres Safe - www.tyresafe.org
    •    Twitter - www.twitter.com/tyresafe  @TyreSafe
    •    Facebook - www.facebook.com/tyresafeuk
    •    Youtube - www.youtube.com/user/TyreSafe
    •    Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/tyresafe

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Structural Integrity

The structural integrity should be free of large cuts, any bulges or lumps both internally and externally. No plies or cords should be exposed.

Part worn tyres which have not been retreaded

Part worn tyres which have not been retreaded must clearly show the relevant 'E' mark alongside which 'PART-WORN' must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high.

Grooves

The original grooves must still be clearly visible in their entirely and must be to a depth of at least 2mm across the full breadth of the tread, around its entire circumference.

Inflation test

Tyres must have passed an inflation test prior to sale.

Part worn tyres which have been retreaded

Part worn tyres which have been retreaded must show the relevant British Standards mark as applied at the time of retreading alongside which 'PART-WORN' must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high.

Repair of part worn tyres

Any repair to a part worn tyre must have been carried out in accordance with paragraphs 4-7 of BS AU 159.

Results of TyreSafe's part worn tyre investigation

Fault / Non Conformity  % of Tyres Found in Sample (n=50)
Not correctly marked "Part worn"

   98

Repair not in accordance with BS AU 159
   16
Bead damage (fitting/removal)
   4
Exposed Cords
   2
Evidence of running under-inflation
   6
Inner liner damager/open liner splices
   4
Object still penetrating tyre
   2


Useful Links

    •    Tyres Safe - www.tyresafe.org
    •    Twitter - www.twitter.com/tyresafe  @TyreSafe
    •    Facebook - www.facebook.com/tyresafeuk
    •    Youtube - www.youtube.com/user/TyreSafe
    •    Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/tyresafe

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