Tire retread organization blasts Florida senator’s bill

| 1/30/2007

The organization that represents the retread industry in the U.S. is blasting a bill that’s been introduced in the Florida Senate.

That bill – offered by state Sen. Victor Crist, R-District 12 – would outlaw retreaded tires on tractor-trailers operating anywhere in the state.

Crist told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that there have been a number of cases of blown retreads causing accidents.

“To have a retread blow in front of you on the interstate doing 65 mph could kill you,” Crist said. “The situation has grown to a point where it’s time to really sit down and talk about finding a solution. How do we fix this problem in a way that everybody can walk away a winner.”

But Harvey Brodsky, managing director of the Tire Retread Information Bureau, or TRIB, told “Land Line Now” that properly maintained retreads are as safe as any other tire, and that if tires are under-inflated or the truck is overloaded, any tire can fail.

“Those tires, given enough time, improperly maintain, are going to fail,” he said. “It does note matter whether the tire is a new tire or one that’s a retread.”

Brodsky said a ban on retreads in Florida would create havoc for out-of-state trucks that run legally with retreads in every other state.

Crist said he doesn’t really expect his bill to become law, and that he filed it mainly to get a discussion going on blown truck tires.

– Reed Black, staff writer