Good to see The Sun picking up on the warning about millions of motorists risking their lives by buying part-worn tyres.
Daniel Jones, the papers consumer editor, reported that tests found just one in 50 tyres tested met legal requirements.
It also pointed out that many had botched repairs and hidden patches — and one even a nail in the rubber.
According to the Sun: “The economic slump has fired a boom in cheap tyres, with hard-up drivers buying more than four million last year from dealers and websites like eBay.”
TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, is warning that these tyre could be fatal, with more than a third of the 50 tyres it bought online and from retailers in the Midlands having shoddy illegal repairs or tears.
The Sun reported: “And one had the rusty nail sticking through. Tyre expert Ted Foreman said: “That could kill you.””
Sellers face fines of up to £5,000 if they break strict rules about repairs and rubber condition. A used tyre must have 1.6mm depth across ALL the tread — and be stamped “part-worn” to show it has been checked and is legal.
However, only one of the 50 tested bore the seal of approval.
TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson said: “Clear regulations exist, but they are not being adhered to.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office