TyreSafe has launched a new video campaign, highlighting the dangers of using part-worn tyres.
More than five million part-worn tyres are sold to UK motorists each year and TyreSafe says investigations show as many as 94% do not comply with current regulations, while 58% have safety-related defects.
The new video centres around a spoof tyre selling company, called ‘Fit and Hope’, who are visited by a number of customers looking for part-worn tyres.
The customers are enticed by the low prices – before it is revealed that the tyres have faults or defects.
The salesman explains how the tyres are unsafe – and could be responsible for a collision – forcing the customers to change their minds about the purchase.
All the tyres featured in the video were bought from part worn retailers or seized during joint investigations carried out by TyreSafe and Trading Standards.
While the sale of part-worn tyres is legal in the UK, TyreSafe strongly recommends that motorists buy new tyres. TyreSafe urges those that do buy part-worn tyres to make sure they meet legal requirements.
Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chairman, said: “Unfortunately, each time TyreSafe carries out an investigation to monitor how part worn tyres are sold in different regions of the UK, the findings remain worryingly similar.
“Part worns are regularly being sold by retailers who, at best, do not fully understand their obligations under the law, or, at worst have little concern for the safety of those buying their tyres.
“All too often part worn means part safe, so TyreSafe recommends you don’t fit them and hope but buy new tyres as you can be sure of their safety.”