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New Legislation Passed on Installing Unsafe Used Tires

The Ohio legislature recently passed SB 223 that regulates the installation of an unsafe used tire. No supplier shall install an unsafe used tire on a passenger car, multipurpose passenger vehicle, or truck that will operate on a public highway.  A violation could bring up to a $1,000.00 per violation.  whoever knowingly violates this law could be guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree for a first offense and a misdemeanor of the second degree for any subsequent offense.

This section shall not apply to tires mounted on wheels or rims that are temporarily removed from a vehicle and reinstalled on the same vehicle.

Unsafe used tire" means a used tire to which any of the following criteria applies:

  • The tire is worn to two thirty-seconds of an inch tread depth or less on any area of the tread.
  • The tire has any damage exposing the reinforcing plies of the tire, including cuts, cracks, punctures, scrapes, or wear.
  • The tire has any repair in the tread shoulder or belt edge area.
  • The tire has a puncture that has not been both sealed or patched on the inside and repaired with a cured rubber stem through the outside.
  • The tire has repair to the sidewall or bead area of the tire.
  • The tire has a puncture repair of damage larger than one-fourth of an inch.
  • The tire shows evidence of prior use of a temporary tire sealant without evidence of a subsequent proper repair.
  • The tire has a defaced or removed United States department of transportation tire identification number.
  • The tire has any inner liner damage or bead damage.
  • There is indication of internal separation, such as bulges or local areas of irregular tread wear indicating possible tread or belt separation.

Click HERE to view the new law.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Matt Dougher at 513-659-5324 or email him at mdougher@asaohio.org.

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