By Denna Bowman
A TV news investigation has been credited with encouraging US lawmakers to regulate the sale of old tyres.
From Hawaii to New York, states across America are starting to introduce new legislations regarding the sale of potentially lethal aged tyres to unsuspecting motorists.
It follows a hard-hitting investigation by ABC News, which highlighted how outdated tyres which were being sold as ‘new’ can be prone to sudden, catastrophic failure.
Auto safety expert Sean Kane of Safety Research and Strategies, said: ‘The stori’s impact has been very widespread. It’s probably the single most important story that’s been done on this issue.’
Safety experts warn that after six years of age the risk increases for tyres to become brittle and dried out, which can make them potentially lethal to drive on.
Mr Kane said: ‘It’s like a ticking time bomb. You don’t know what’s going on inside, that’s what makes it so dangerous.’