By Denna Bowman
Cash-strapped drivers are putting themselves, their passengers and other road users at serious risk of injury by opting for part worn tyres, according to the UK’s leading tyre safety group.
TyreSafe issued the stark warning after testing a random sample of 50 part-worn tyres during a month-long nationwide investigation.
The tyres were inspected by an independent tyre expert and the alarming results found that 98 per cent of the tyres were being sold illegally.
However, of even more concern was the fact that over a third of the tyres were found to contain potentially dangerous forms of damage or non-compliance.
One tyre was described by the inspection engineer as having the “potential to kill” as it still contained a metal object penetrating 5cm through the tread in a manner which was likely to result in sudden and total tyre failure had it been fitted to a vehicle.
Other serious safety breaches included dangerous and unsafe repairs, exposed cords, bead damage and evidence of runflat damage.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, commented: “Although a number of clear regulations exist which permit the sale of part worn tyres, it’s obvious from our investigation that these are not being adhered to.
“Not only are drivers putting their own lives at risk, but they are also endangering their passengers, which in many cases may be their children, and other road users.
“Before buying part worn tyres I would urge drivers to ask themselves if the risk of buying part worn tyres is really worth it?”