COLUMBUS, Ohio—Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, joined other officials in Columbus May 22 to urge passage of an Ohio state bill that would ban unsafe used tires from Ohio roads.
Ohio Senate Bill 223, which passed the state Senate 31-1 in December 2017, is before the Ohio House of Representatives, which has not yet held hearings on the bill.
"All too often, unsafe, worn-out tires contribute to traffic injuries or even fatalities," Luke said at the press event. "We are hopeful that Ohio will join states like Colorado and New Jersey, who have passed similar legislation to help keep motorists and passengers safe from the dangers of unsafe used tires."
Colorado has had a used tire law since 2014, and New Jersey since 2017. However, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed a used tire bill passed by that state's legislature.
Joining Luke at the event in Columbus were state Sen. Frank LaRose, state Rep. Robert Sprague and Kimberly Schwind, senior manager, public affairs of AAA Ohio Auto Club.
"Our name is synonymous with motorist safety," Schwind said. "This legislation provides additional protection for every family traveling on Ohio's roads."
SB 223 would create a penalty of $1,000 per violation for every tire retailer or auto repair shop that installs unsafe used tires on vehicles. An unsafe used tire is defined as one that:
- Has a tread depth of under 2/32 inch;
- Has damage that exposes inner components such as body plies and steel belts;
- Has inner liner damage;
- Has improper repairs;
- Was treated with sealants but was not subsequently according to industry standards; or
- Is missing its identification number from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Luke appeared at the press event during National Tire Safety Week, the annual event sponsored by the USTMA and its member companies to promote proper tire care and maintenance.