PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that sharpens the definition of waste tires in an effort to prevent their being sold as used tires, but which does not propose penalties for used tire sellers that mount unsafe tires on vehicles.
Signed April 26, Arizona House Bill 2399 amends the Arizona Revised Statues, Section 44-1301, relating to waste tire disposal, by defining a waste tire as a "motor vehicle tire that is no longer suitable for its original intended purpose because of wear, damage, improper repair or manufacturer's recall."
The revised language also spells out what constitutes "damage" and "improper repair" as:
- Any tire with visible damage such as cracking, bubbling, cutting, chunking or separation of the tire sidewall or tread;
- Any tire with exposed body plies or belt material, or any visible deterioration of the tire bead or inner liner;
- Any tire with a puncture repair of more than ¼ inch, or a puncture repair on a tire sidewall, shoulder or belt edge area; or
- Any tire with a puncture repair that is not both sealed and patched on the inside and repaired with a cured rubber stem through to the outside.
Mr. Hassett quoted figures from a 2014 report from the National Transportation Safety Board that more than 500 people die and 19,000 are injured every year in vehicle accidents involving tire failure.