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Joe Marconi

Tire Repair Legislation: What’s right, what’s wrong?

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On March 23 New York Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz introduced a bill (9865) which would set ground rules for proper tire repair procedures. The bill would also establish a $500 fine for each improper repair. The legislation is based on procedures created by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). The feeling is this legislation will begin to spread state by state.

 

Proposed is the dismount of a suspected leaking tire, breaking it down, inspecting the tire to determine any interior and exterior damage, removing any debris on the inside and fill the damaged area with a cured rubber stem and tire patch.

 

Proponents say this is long overdue and that there are too many improper repairs being made which may compromise driver and occupant safety.

 

Opponents say that in light of recent law suits and the money awarded, the liability is being pushed from the tire company to the repairer and the shop.

 

What’s your opinion?

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