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New Ohio bill bans selling and installing unsafe tires

Some major motor vehicle accidents are not the result of reckless driving, but rather negligent maintenance. Car owners need to check their vehicles every now and then to see if there is any deficiency that could lead to a loss of control. If your car fails to perform a specific function and results in someone getting hurt, the court could find you liable for the accident.

However, it could also be the fault of the person who checked or installed the vehicle part that lost function. One of the more frequent vehicle failures that leads to crashes are faulty tires that fall apart while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cars with worn-out tires are three times more likely to get in an accident. Ohio lawmakers have recognized that these types of tires have led to many people getting hurt, so they recently decided to pass a law to decrease the chances of that happening again.

No more faulty tire sales

Senate Bill 223 will go into effect on July 1. The new law prohibits the sale and installation of unsafe used tires for all vehicles in Ohio. If the tire matches any of the following criteria, they cannot be installed in the vehicle:

  • It is worn to 1/16th of an inch tread debt or less
  • The reinforcing plies are exposed
  • It has repair in the tread shoulder or belt edge
  • It has an unsealed puncture
  • There is repair on the sidewall or bead area
  • The puncture repair is larger than 1/4th of an inch
  • A tire sealant was previously used without proper subsequent repair
  • The Department of Transportation ID number is damages or removed
  • There is inner liner or bead damage
  • There are signs or internal separation

If any of these show up shortly after a sale without the driver’s fault, the seller could misdemeanor charges and will be fined up to $1,000 for their criminal actions.

Overwhelming support

The decision to pass this law was met with approval from several major organizations. This includes the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Manufacturers Association, the Property Casualty Insurance Association and the Tire Industry Association. These organizations believe that this law will be a major step forward in reducing a major threat to Ohio drivers.

Unfortunately, Ohio motorists will have to wait 7 months before the law comes into effect. Winter is an especially important season where drivers will require sturdy tires on their vehicle to avoid slipping and causing a serious accident. Some tire companies may continue to sell faulty used tires within the next few months and even after the regulations begin just so they can avoid losing money. If you or a loved one end up the victims from worn out tires from a dealership, you should consider what legal options are at your disposal so you can acquire coverage for your injuries and hopefully prevent more victims from suffering the same type of accident.