Daily Mirror highlights danger posed by secondhand tyres

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By Denna Bowman

The dangers of part-worn tyres were highlighted in a report in the Daily Mirror yesterday.

Under the headline “Beware danger secondhand tyre dealers”, it revealed that a snapshot of secondhand tyres bought by watchdogs found that nearly a quarter were dangerous.

According to the report by Andrew Penman, one tyre showed signs of impact damage and was described as “as bad as you get” by the expert brought in by Leicestershire Trading Standards.

Following complaints from motorists, the watchdog bought 17 tyres from 13 suppliers, including online businesses, and found that four were dangerous. Only one was marked “part-worn” as required by law.

The offending firms have been warned about their behaviour and told to expect follow-up checks.

David Bull, Head of Leicestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Service, said: “It is worrying that almost a quarter of the part-worn tyres sold and fitted during this survey were unsafe.

“It is vital that sellers have systems to check that all part-worn tyres they sell are safe and are fitted correctly.

“We will be doing more checks to make sure part worn tyres sold across the county are safe, as we need to protect the public and all road users. We will prosecute offenders in appropriate circumstances.”

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