The Standard Organization of Nigeria ( SON ) has warned motorists against using re-threaded tires, saying that they are dangerous and can lead to serious accidents on the road.
The State Coordinator of SON in Kwara, Mr Sunday Yashim, gave the warning on Wednesday in Ilorin while briefing newsmen on the danger of using retreaded tires.
Yashim expressed concern over the rate at which some Nigerian patronized dealers on re-threaded and expired tires, thereby exposing their lives to danger.
He said the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps ( NSCDC ) had apprehended two men that were involved in illegal re-threading of tires in Ilorin and handed them over to SON.
“We are working in collaboration with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps to monitor and locate the hideouts of those involved in illegal re-threading of tires in Ilorin,” Yashim added.
He, therefore, warned motorists to be very careful while buying tires, noting that some tires that appeared new on display might have expired and been re-threaded.
“Such tires are also referred to as ‘life in danger’ products. Using such tires is very dangerous.
“Motorists have to be wary of the kind of tires they buy because some of them actually look new and are very difficult to detect.
“Based on the information we gathered, two locations have been identified as where tires are being re-threaded illegally here in Ilorin.
“The first culprit was caught re-threading tires used by commercial vehicles and was apprehended by the NSCDC on Oct. 1, 2017 at Agaka area of Ilorin and was handed over to us.
“The accused said that bad tires were usually brought to him by drivers, mainly commercial drivers, for re-threading,” he said.
Yashim said however that only vehicles that had maximum speed limit of 60 kilometer per hour could use retreaded tires but that it was illegal for commercial vehicles.
“The only tires that are allowed to be retreaded are those used by trucks or vehicles that have not more than 60 km per hour speed limit, he added. The Nation