retread safety


There are many misconceptions surrounding the retreading industry. Unlike retreads of many years ago, today’s retreads have strong industry requirements, sophisticated technology, demanding quality control and no manual equipment. The worn tire is buffed away and a new tread is bound to the tire body (casing) in a process very similar to the manufacturing of a new tire. The final product is then rigorously tested.

Public perception is that retread tires are less safe than new tires because of the tire debris frequently found on the sides of our interstates and highways.

 The tire debris seen on these roadways are from retreads. FICTION

Recent studies found that belt separation accounted for the majority of failures of these tires. The primary reason for belt separation is heat through under-inflation or overloading, rather than if the tire was a new tire or a retreaded tire. The majority of debris contained steel wires which are not part of the tread.  Under-inflation is a maintenance issue and it is important for all truck operators to develop a tire maintenance program. Treads are vulcanized to casings like new tires and are not glued. This bonding is one of the strongest parts of a tire.

The US Department of Transportation routinely studies all motor vehicle accidents. Of tire related accidents, data reflects that retreads are as safe as new tires.

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