COLUMBUS — The Ohio House and Senate are considering companion legislation that would restrict the installation of worn out used tires in the state.
SB 336 and HB 574 would impose fines for the installation of tires that have been improperly repaired, were subject to certain recalls or have other damage.
Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) brought an unacceptable used tire with him to the Senate’s Government Oversight and Reform Committee Wednesday as visual evidence of the need for the law changes.
“This is too worn, it’s not safe,” he said, adding, that the legislation would “prohibit a supplier from installing unsafe used tires in Ohio in order to protect consumers from an increased risk of tire failure that can lead to loss of vehicle control.”
He addd, “If Ohioans can’t drive on unsafe used tires, businesses shouldn’t install them.”
Hite said the bill would not ban the sale of all used tires, only those with “specific unsafe tire conditions that put consumers at risk.”
The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and AAA Ohio were among the groups that offered proponent testimony on the legislation this week.
“The installation of used tires is not subject to any regulations,” Daniel Zielinski, senior vice president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association, wrote in proponent testimony submitted to the Ohio House’s Commerce and Labor Committee. “HB 574 seeks to weed out those tires that every tire professional can and should know poses an unreasonable risk to motorist safety. Simply put, if you’re in the business of selling tires, you should know not to sell tires that match the conditions listed in this legislation. Requiring automotive service professionals to be appropriately accountable when they return used tires back to road service is a simple, reasonable attempt to protect consumers.”
The legislation would have to be passed by both the Ohio House or Senate in coming days in order to move during the current general assembly. Otherwise, the bills would have to be reintroduced next year for further consideration.
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at email@example.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.