The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) announced that California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a new legislation prohibiting the installation of unsafe used tires in California.
The legislation, A.B. 949, authored by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), prohibits an automotive repair dealer from installing an unsafe used tire, as specified, on a motor vehicle for use on a highway. The law requires automotive repair dealers to inspect used tires to determine whether a tire meets the criteria of an unsafe used tire.
“I am extremely happy that Governor Newsom signed AB 949, a bill that will prohibit the installation of unsafe tires on cars, while maintaining the ability of retailers to sell them for other uses, said Asm. Medina. “This will ensure automobile professionals sell used tires consumers can trust to meet safety standards, making the roads safer for all Californians.”
“In a state as large and as focused on transportation as California, highway safety is especially important, and preventing the installation of unsafe used tires is vital to the protection of California motorists,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO. “USTMA commends the California legislature for taking the lead on this important law, especially the bill’s author Asm. Medina as well as State Sen. Galgiani for carrying the legislation on the Senate floor. We applaud Gov. Newsom for quickly signing this bill into law.”
Tires worn to 1/16th of an inch are considered worn-out and are dangerous because they no longer provide sufficient grip on the road, particularly under wet conditions. Tires with damage exposing steel belts or other internal components threaten a tire’s structural integrity. Improperly repaired tires can suffer loss of inflation pressure or have hidden damage that may contribute to tire failure. Tires with bulges indicate possible internal damage that can lead to tread separation.