Tire aging bill introduced in Ohio Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 5, 2014) — A bill that would require tire dealers to inform consumers of a tire's age has been introduced in the Ohio Senate.

The bill, S.B. No. 289, introduced by Sen. Tom Patton, R-24th District (Cuyahoga County-part), would mandate that dealers inform customers of the month and year of a tire's manufacture if the tire was either retreaded or manufactured more than three years before the date of sale.

The written notice would also have to contain the phrase, "This tire is not new." Dealers would be fined up to $250 for each violation of the law.

No hearings have been scheduled to date on S.B. No. 289, according to the website of the Ohio Senate.

The Ohio legislation is the fourth state bill on tire aging to be introduced this year, according to the Tire Industry Association. A bill was introduced recently in the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico that would forbid the sale of any tire after the sixth anniversary of its manufacture.

A hearing has already been held on a Maryland bill that would require disclosure to consumers of the age of any retreaded tire or tire more than three years old. A bill in Massachusetts to require the removal of any tire found in a safety inspection to be more than six years old is scheduled for a March 5 hearing, after several delays caused by inclement weather.

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