A new bill that would require tyres dealers to disclose the age of every car tyre they sell or fit, is being introduced in California.
etyres applauds the initiative, because it is an issue we take very seriously. At etyres we only supply and fit the most recent tyres manufactured by the makers.
We can guarantee this, because we only buy in the tyres after they have been ordered by our customers, therefore ensuring we have the latest stock.
However, many garages and depots buy tyres in bulk and leave them gathering dust on shelves for years before they are sold – despite the fact that tyres only have a limited lifespan without even touching the road.
If this is the case and a customer buys tyres which were made three years earlier, industry regulators warn that they are already half way through their recommended life cycle.
The industry advises that tyres deteriorate with age and after around six years they have already reached the point where they can be dangerous to use, even if the tread is still legal and they have not been used extensively.
The new legislation in California would require suppliers to provide written disclosure to customers before the sale or installation which would warn ‘about the risk associated with tyre age’ in seven languages…’
They would also have to ‘provide a clear and conspicuous written disclosure to the customers of the length of the remaining factory warranty on any tyre sold as new or used’.
Customers would even have to sign their initials next to the statement to avoid complaints at a later stage.
Denna Bowman, Head Office