COLUMBUS, Ohio —Ohio's new law prohibiting the installation of unsafe used tires took effect July 1, according to the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association—which championed the law—and the Ohio Tire and Automotive Association.
The new piece of legislation was signed into law in mid-December by then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Ohio law already allows law enforcement to ticket motorists who drive on tires exhibiting specific unsafe conditions, the USTMA said, while the new law adds a layer of consumer protections by penalizing retailers that knowingly install unsafe used tires.
The law defines unsafe used tires are those that:
- have less than 2/32nds-inch tread depth;
- show damage exposing the reinforcing plies of the tire, including cuts, cracks, punctures or scrapes;
- show damage not repaired to industry standards; and
- have damage to the inner liner or indication of internal separation, such as bulges or local areas of irregular tread wear indicating possible tread or belt separation.
The enactment of this law makes Ohio the third state—after Colorado and New Jersey—to prohibit the installation of unsafe used tires.