Ilorin, Dec. 6, 2017 (TNE) The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has warned motorists against using retreaded tyres, because 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 patronised this brand of tyres, thereby exposing their lives to danger.
He said the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC had apprehended two men who were involved in illegal retreading of tyres in Ilorin and had handed them over to SON.
“We are working in collaboration with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to monitor and locate the hideouts of those involved in illegal retreading of tyres in Ilorin,” Yashim added.
He, therefore, warned motorists to be very careful while buying tyres, noting that some tyres that appeared new on display might have expired and been recycled.
“Such tyres are also referred to as ‘life in danger’ products. Using such tyres is very dangerous. Motorists have to be wary of the kind of tyres 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 tyres are being retreaded illegally here in Ilorin.
“The first culprit was caught retreading tyres popularly 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 tyres were usually brought to him by drivers, mainly commercial drivers, for retreading,” he said.
Yashim said however that only vehicles with maximum speed limit of 60 kilometre per hour can use retreaded tires but that it is illegal for commercial vehicles., to use them.