Trading standards officers are investigating a number of garages across the East Riding after they were found to be selling part-worn tyres that were dangerous to the public.
As part of a Yorkshire and Humber-wide survey, trading standards officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council visited four garages selling part-worn.
In a statement released East Riding of Yorkshire Council said;
“As tyres are the only part of a car that is in contact with the road surface, their integrity and roadworthiness are of the utmost importance.”
“Any faults of defects could have catastrophic consequences. Such as the driver losing control of the vehicle. This not only risks their life but the lives of any passengers in the car as well as other road users.”
“Our investigations should act as a stark reminder to anyone thinking about buying second-hand tyres.”
“The findings suggest some sectors of the trade have developed bad practices. As a result, this could be putting customers at risk.”
“Consumers may feel that they can get a bargain by buying second-hand tyres, or some consumers may not have any other choice. Irrespective of that they have the right to demand the products they buy are safe and legal.”
One Of The Part-Worn Tyres Ceased Was Almost Three Decades Old
In all officers seized two tyres from one garage. Following an expert examination, they were deemed unsafe for sale as they had become degraded due to their age.
Both tyres were discovered to have exposed cords which could have resulted in immediate catastrophic failure. While one of the tyres was believed to be around 28-years-old.
Recent figures show that 97pc of all part-worn tyres examined were found to have some type of defect. While 45pc were found to have defects so serious they were condemned immediately as unsafe.