There's a new trend out there, making old worn-out tires look new, and the trend is by no means safe.
The technique is called "regrooving," and it's exactly what it sounds like. A small machine can regroove tires to make them look like they have more tread life than they really do.
Our Valley highways are heavily traveled, and proper car maintenance should be a priority. Experts in the tire industry say people are cutting corners, and the traveling public will pay.
Unfortunately, some unscrupulous people out there now that have decided that they can make more money selling a used tire if they can make it look like it has more tread.
It involves the use of something called a "regrooving tool," which adds more depth to a passenger tire by actually carving out the rubber, giving it more depth.
Regrooving is happening in a marketplace that could put people in danger.
Regrooving is acceptable when it comes to big trucks because those tires are made to be regrooved.
In fact, YouTube has several different videos showing how truckers regroove their tires. Passenger tires are another story; they are not made to be regrooved.
You might be thinking there has to be a law that prevents the sale of regrooved passenger tires here in Arizona, but you'd be mistaken, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The simple truth: Consumers need to be aware of regrooved tires and the dangers they pose.
"It’s an accident waiting to happen."
If an accident occurs, is there liability against the seller of a “regrooved” tire? Possibly, depending on what the buyer was told during the course of the sale.