Following a recent survey, Barnsley Council’s Trading Standards officers are issuing a warning concerning buying second-hand car tyres.
The survey which was carried out by 10 authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber as part of National Tyre safety month last year, targeted sellers of second-hand tyres. Tyres that were being offered for sale to the general public were examined for defects and compliance against stringent safety standards.
As part of their campaign, Trading Standards wants to remind consumers of their rights and also what to look out for when buying second-hand tyres.
Of the 29 tyres examined, some 97 per cent had some form of defect or non-compliance and 45 percent were deemed not fit for use. Some of the issues that were detected:
- Tyre not marked as part warn
- Repair not carried out in accordance with non-BS AU 159
- Unrepaired penetration damage
- Run-flat/deflation damage
- Bead Damage
- Significant age-related deterioration
- Deep cuts, cord/ply exposed
When buying second-hand goods through a retailer, consumers have the same rights as when purchasing the goods as new.
This means that the item must be of satisfactory quality, it must be fit for purpose and it must meet the expectations of the consumer, bearing in mind of course that the item is second hand and so reasonable wear and tear might be expected. In the case of second-hand tyres there are strict laws in place which mean that at the very least they must be safe to use.
Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “These findings should act as a stark reminder to anyone who is thinking about purchasing second-hand tyres. The findings suggest that some sectors of the trade have developed bad practices which could be putting consumers at risk. Consumers may feel that they can get a bargain by purchasing second hand or others may have no choice, irrespective they have the right to demand that the products they buy are safe and legal.
“As tyres are the only part of the car that’s in contact with the road surface, their integrity is of the utmost importance. Any faults or defects could result in the driver losing control of their vehicle, risking the lives of themselves, other road users and any passengers that may be in the vehicle.”
A recent conviction of a used tyre retailer in Hertfordshire saw the perpetrator fined £7,000 and threatened with a prison sentence in the event of future tyre safety offences.
More guidance on tyre safety can be found at www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/part-worn-tyres/