Motorists: Warned on tyre quality

2011-08-03 00:00

THE quality of tyres on South African vehicles has got worse over the past year.

Motorists have been warned that insurers may refuse to pay after an accident caused by unsafe tyres.

Bridgestone, which is conducting a series of regional tyre safety checks, found that six percent of tyres surveyed were below the legal tread depth, an increase on the four percent from last year.

The first survey revealed that 17% of tyres were dangerously under-inflated, compared with 14% in the previous year.

Christelle Fourie, managing director of MUA Insurance Acceptances, said insurers could refuse to pay claims for an accident caused by smooth tyres — with a tread depth below the legal limit of 1,6 mm.

— Witness Report.

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