Arnold Gritters' letter to the editor (“Believe it or not” in the Feb. 16 issue of Tire Business) got my attention because of his lack of knowledge about retreading.
He states that he finds the conclusions of the recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “hard to believe.” I wonder if he actually read this 200-plus page study? If not, he really should, especially since this study was not commissioned by the retreading industry. The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) would be happy to send Mr. Gritters a copy if he is interested.
He also states: “Why are no retreads recommended for the steering axle position on trucks?” He should look at the steer axles on the trucks that pick up the trash from his home, or the UPS and Fed-Ex trucks that routinely use retreads on steer axles on their trucks. He might be surprised. He goes on to state that he can't “imagine someone putting retreads on his $40,000 personal family vehicle,” as I suggest.
I invite Mr. Gritters to visit my home or office in Pacific Grove, Calif., and look at the personal family vehicles belonging to me and my wife. Although we can't afford $40,000 vehicles, we do drive on retreads on all wheel positions and have been doing so safely for many, many years.
I'd also be willing to bet him he could never tell they were retreads just by looking at our bead-to-bead Green Diamond retreads since they look—and perform—exactly like more expensive new tires.
I hope Mr. Gritters and any other Tire Business readers who want more information will contact TRIB so we can send our CD and DVD, which we think will quickly change their minds about the safety, economic and environmental benefits of today's retreaded tires for both truck and passenger vehicles. We can be reached toll free at (888) 473-8732 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Pacific Grove, Calif.