In the first quarter of September, a new used tire law has been adopted in California by Governor Gavin Newsom. As reported by the Tire Industry Association (TIA), the law forbids the installation of unsafe used tires on vehicles in the entire state.

The bill AB 949 will prohibit automotive repair dealers from installing unsafe used tires, as specified, on motor vehicles for use on a highway. Except as specified, it will oblige automotive repair dealers to use a visual inspection to determine whether a tire meets the criteria of an unsafe used tire.

U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) reacted to Governor Gavin Newsom’s signing the bill ‘with applause’ in the beginning of September.

“In a state as large and as focused on transportation as California, highway safety is especially important, and preventing the installation of unsafe used tires is vital to the protection of California motorists,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO. “USTMA commends the California legislature for taking the lead on this important law, especially the bill’s author Asm. Medina as well as State Sen. Galgiani for carrying the legislation on the Senate floor. We applaud Gov. Newsom for quickly signing this bill into law.”

According to the bill, a used tire becomes unsafe when:

  • It’s tread depth is less than 1/16 inch;
  • It has been repaired improperly;
  • It is damaged and exposes steel belts;
  • It has sidewall bulges or any other signs showing a possible internal damage.

The bill will inevitably result in an increase of end-of-life tires available for recycling in the state.

In its press release, USTMA gives a credit to the following organizations for support in passing the bill: AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah; Auto Care Association; Automobile Club of Southern California; Automotive Service Councils of California; California Autobody Association; California Automotive Business Coalition; California Automotive Wholesalers’ Association; California Tire Dealers Association; Independent Automotive Professionals Association and Les Schwab Tire Centers.

Press release by USTMA.