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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

LOLgislation #030: Relating to Old Rubbers

FL Senate 2010: SB 1770
By Senator Rudy Garcia (R, Miami-Dade)

A bill to be entitled                     

An act relating to the sale of tires; creating s. 501.94, F.S.; prohibiting the sale of certain old tires; providing for ...; providing an effective date of July 1, 2010. 

(s. 501.94) Sale of old tires prohibited.
(1)(a) Any new or used motor vehicle dealer or other business that sells tires may not sell a new or used tire that is more than 6 years old, based on the date that the tire was manufactured.
(b) A person who violates this section is subject to a civil fine, not to exceed $250 per violation, which shall be imposed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and transferred to the General Inspection Trust Fund and used to fund the administration of this section.

Two points:
(1) The six-year shelf life of unused stored tires was accepted and implemented in many places up to a decade ago.
(2) Tire recycling is big in Florida.

You might already enjoy fresh tires thanks to personal injury attorneys and the resultant corporate guidelines at major retailers. But the fine isn't to exceed $250 per violation? 

Are we bullying smaller operators or just enforcing a circulation time limit on tires to ensure they go through the recycling process at a managed rate to be resold into the manufacture of new consumer products?

We should just be told we'll all die blowing out in a highway downpour and kill someone else's babies in the process if we don't get four new tires every year.


  1. Everytime I have bought used tires, I have had either a bubble or blow-out out some months later. You are saving roughly 5-10 dollars per tire but the fear of a blow out is not worth it.

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