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Friday, August 31, 2012

Retread Tire Failure? Or Not!
More misinformation put out by the news media looking to sensationalize an accident and blame the entire trucking industry! Find a trucker who thinks he knows it all, but don't bother seeking out the real facts on retreads. Hell, that would be too much work! Read the following story and well written comment from Tim Orr below.

Posted: 04/20/2012 By: Bryce Anslinger, at Link follows below.

RICHMOND, Ky. - Truck drivers sometimes ride on what’s called retread, or recapped, tires. It’s something done by trucking companies in an effort to save money.
A new tire costs around $400, while a recapped tire will cost around $200.
The recapped tire is made by taking a new tread and gluing it to an old tire to give it more miles.
Some truck drivers, including Merle Barnhart, say the recapped tires are unsafe.
“My personal opinion, they're not safe, I won't drive on them, I don't like them. If I’m passing a truck that's got'em I get on by him," said Barnhart, who stopped in Northern Kentucky Thursday night on his way to Houston, Texas.
Sheriff’s deputies say a piece of retread tire caused the driver of a Toyota Camry to stop suddenly on northbound I-75 Thursday morning near Walton, Ky., causing death to one person and injuries to two people . Hemendra Patel, 28, of Louisville, was driving a 2000 Toyota Camry when he stopped suddenly because of the retread tire.
Sonali Sisodia, 30, of Hendron, Va., a rear seat passenger in the Camry, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her son, Aadid Thakur, 4, who was in a child seat in the rear of the vehicle was transported to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati by a medical helicopter. A front seat passenger, Swati Sisodia, 28, of Louisville, was transported to University Hospital by a medical helicopter.
Law enforcement officers say the best thing to do if you see debris in your lane is to keep going and drive over it.
"If your car is kept going straight, you will run it over, you will cause damage, but you're going to live to tell about it," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Clint Arnold.
Sgt. Arnold says you're more likely to see the retread from a truck tire come off as the weather gets warmer.
Tim Orr
Most of the statements about retreads in this story are incorrect. Any tire, retreaded or not, can fail if it is underinflated. This story mistakenly maligns retreads, the tire retreading industry, and even the trucking industry, by suggesting the focus is on saving money at the expense of safety. Chances are, the last time you flew on a commercial plane, you took off and landed on retreads. The truck driver quoted is not an expert on retreading and is misinformed. Retreads are as safe as new tires. Under Inflated tires are unsafe, regardless of whether they've been retreaded or not.
 Link to Tim's comment
Blair Blakely • Yet another example of media slanting stories to fit their own beliefs and agenda.
The primary cause of the fatal accident was not the 'piece of retread truck tire' in the road, it was the car driver's inappropriate responce to the hazard.
1 Does the police officer inteviewed have the training and knowlege to diferentiate between a piece of tread from a recap or a first run tire?
2 Would this story have gotten the same ink if it was a cardbpoard box rather than a piece of tire ?
A recent study I read showed that of all the pieces of tire gathered from a section of roadway and analized by a testing lab, the percentage of rubber from recaps and first run tires was evenly represented according to their use on the roadway. Of course this study was funded by some retreading association, so.....
The primary cause of tire failure is underinflation (heat).Link to Blair

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