Tyre Safety Week

Tyre Safety Week

To coincide with 2012 National Road Safety Week, which runs October 8 to 14, the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) is highlighting the danger of buying second-hand tyres.


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In a detailed test carried out, it was found that 51% of second-hand tyres tested were deemed "dangerous or not fit for purpose".

Since the economic downturn, there has been a proliferation of outlets offering second-hand or "part-worn" tyres to the public.

In most cases, these are tyres that have been used by central and northern European motorists and have become available due to the European practice of seasonally changing tyres each year.

These second-hand tyres are generally offered for sale at prices that represent a significant discount on the cost of new tyres.

In the current economic climate, some motorists may be tempted to consider fitting these cheaper part-worn tyres.

However, the message from the ITIA is think twice.

To mark Irish Road Safety Week, free tyre safety checks are being provided by a number of Irish Tyre Industry Association approved centres around the country to raise awareness of the need to maintain your tyres, particularly coming into the winter months. In addition to free tyre checks at participating tyre centres, motorists can also obtain a free safety pack (while stocks last).

Further information is available at: www.itia.ie.

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