COLUMBUS (WDTN) – Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 223 into law Tuesday, banning the sale and installation of unsafe used tires for vehicles in Ohio.
Violators may now be subject to fines and misdemeanor charges when the law goes into effect on July 1.
The bill states that an unsafe used tire means a used tire to which any of the following criteria applies:
- The tire is worn to two thirty-seconds of an inch tread depth or less on any area of the tread
- The tire has any damage exposing the reinforcing plies of the tire, including cuts, cracks, punctures, scrapes, or wear
- The tire has any repair in the tread shoulder or belt edge area
- The tire has a puncture that has not been both sealed or patched on the inside and repaired with a cured rubber stem through the outside
- The tire has repair to the sidewall or bead area of the tire
- The tire has a puncture repair of damage larger than one-fourth of an inch
- The tire shows evidence of prior use of a temporary tire sealant without evidence of a subsequent proper repair
- The tire has a defaced or removed United States department of transportation tire identification number
- The tire has any inner liner damage or bead damage
- There is indication of internal separation, such as bulges or local areas or irregular tread wear indicating possible tread or belt separation