Hello readers, it’s Stryker here, your favourite furry author, here to shed some light on the significance of safety in the tire manufacture industry. Tires are the only parts of a car that make direct contact with the road. This makes them among the most important parts of the car, but also some of the most vulnerable. Wear and tear, poor roads and contact with debris can all have a bad effect on tires. They thus need to be held to high standards of quality and safety.

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Safety Regulations

All tires for use on all vehicles and trailers need to be approved in line with two compulsory specifications issued by international authorities: VC8056 ECE Regulation 30 for new tires for passenger cars and trailers, and VC8059 ECE Regulation 54 for tires for commercial vehicles and trailers. These regulations require tires to have an E certificate as proof of compliance. All tire factories need to be verified as operating on a quality management system that is certified by an accredited authority.

Tires need to be homologated, i.e. approved officially. This official certification is to ensure that all tires that make it to market are approved by the relevant authorities. If unapproved tires become available, they pose a serious safety risk because there is no way of knowing whether they have been produced according to approved safety standards or not. It is thus vital for tires to be homologated.

Tire Quality

The materials that go into tires, the processes by which the tires are manufactured, the treadwear, durability, fuel consumption… These are all matters covered by the homologation and regulation processes. Each of them can ‘make or break’ a tire, so to speak, and affect the end user’s safety. For example, an unapproved tire might be made by an unscrupulous manufacturer to have a treadwear grade of only 100 but, because the product hasn’t passed through safety tests, the manufacturer can claim that it has a grade of 300. This means that the tread on the tire is three times less durable than the manufacturer claims. This is only one example of how unregulated tires can pose severe dangers. Quality and safety standards ensure that tires are safe and fit for use.

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Well, that’s it for this week from me, Stryker, and the team at Tire World Exports, that deals with tires for export and works only with brands and models that are completely homologated. Contact us for more information.

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