ANNAPOLIS, Md.—A bill that would force dealers to inform consumers about the dangers of tire aging has prompted tire dealers and association executives to butt heads once again with a Maryland House committee.
Maryland House Bill 580 would require a tire dealer who sells a tire more than 3 years old to give the buyer a written statement that the tire is not new, and that many automobile manufacturers recommend that a tire should be replaced after six years, regardless of the remaining tread depth.
Dealers would face a $250 fine for each failure to provide the statement. Violations of the law, however, could not be considered evidence of negligence and would be inadmissible in a personal injury lawsuit.
The Feb. 12 hearing before the Maryland House Committee on Economic Matters was a near-replay of the March 13, 2013, hearing on the identical House Bill 1110. Both bills were sponsored by Rep. Benjamin F. Kramer, D-19th District, who in both hearings accused tire manufacturers and dealers of being disingenuous about tire aging.
Tires degrade over time, no matter how carefully they are stored, Kramer said.