By Oliver Hall
Several US states are on the verge of introducing bills regulating the age of tyres sold within their borders.
California, Hawaii and New York are all in the final stages of passing a law which would make it illegal to sell tyres six years after they have been manufactured.
Dealers and suppliers could face $100 fines for each such tyre sold.
The California Assembly is set for a committee hearing and vote today where the bill is expected to be rubber stamped.
The bill would require all tyre dealers to provide written information on sale documents about the age of each tyre sold to customers in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Korean.
Customers would have to initial the information to signify they had read and understood it and dealers would have to keep the documents for at least three years after the sale. Each violation would be punishable by a fine of $250.
In Hawaii and New York the proposed legislation is also progressing favourably through the appropriate committees.
The New York bill would also forbid the sale of any tyre within the state that did not have the date of manufacture clearly moulded on both sides ‘in a non-coded fashion’.