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Senate committee rejects plan to place warnings on tires



Staying true to their anti-regulation rule, the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee rejected a bill that would have imposed new regulations on tire manufacturers.

The bill, SB 1482, by Sen. Greg Evers, R-Crestview, would require that consumers receive an explicit, written disclosure that details when the tire is manufactured. Evers said he has been involved in two accidents, multiple surgeries, and lost sight in one eye when his automobile tires blew out on him because they were too old.

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, the committee chairwoman, said she has see reports about "people selling tires as new, but they've been sitting on the shelf. They get dried out." She said the bill merely makes sure "it's buyer beware."

Federal regulations require that tire manufactuers mark each tire with a date representing the year it was manufactured but, Evers said, it’s hard to read.

Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, objected to the bill. "Why aren’t you actually providing information to the consumer? We’re trying to deregulate everything that seems to be our mantra here. Here’s you’re doing something else,'' she said. "I do not think it's the time or the place for us to start regulating more when we should be regulating less.''

Evers said the average tread life of a tire has increased to 44,000 miles and the result is that tires are sitting on the shelves longer, causing degradation of the tires. The committee rejected the bill.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 2:57pm]


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