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Guest

Chicago, IL

#1 Feb 1, 2012
I just wondered if anybody knew anything about semi trucks using retread tires and if there was any kind of law against it? My car was hit this afternoon by retread coming off of a semi that nearly caused me to wreck. It left a dent in the hood of my new car. By the time I got my senses back, it was to late to get a license plate number. The whole dang tread came off at once and the driver kept going. Don't they have any responsibility for this type of situation? Yes, I have insurance, but I shouldn't have to pay for it. I also see the yeah they leave behing along side of the road. Is there any law or something forbidding the use of retread tires?
noname

Cape Girardeau, MO

#2 Feb 1, 2012
Re-treads are legal to run on the rear sets of axles on the truck and anywhere on a trailer, but not on the steering axle of the truck or anywhere on buses.
guest

Cape Girardeau, MO

#3 Feb 2, 2012
Also, a tread separation can occur on a virgin tire as easily as a "re-tread". It happens.

That said, the driver should have noticed and pulled over within a few miles as it is very noticeable when a tire lets go, illegal and dangerous to drive with a tire missing. Why didn't you drive up the highway a little way and see if you could find him?
Guest

Chicago, IL

#4 Feb 2, 2012
I did drive for about ten miles after I collected myself and checked my pants, but he was long gone. I see trash along the highway all the time and wonder how many other people this has happened to and what they did about it. Retread tires seem really dangerous to me, especially since what just recently happened to me. Thanks for all the advice.
guest

Cape Girardeau, MO

#5 Feb 2, 2012
For every retread tire that gives, thousands don't. You were unlucky. It's not a problem with the tires.
Retread Info

Sterling, VA

#6 Feb 3, 2012
I'm very sorry to hear about the damage caused by the tire failure and wanted to share some more information about retreaded tires. We often see these misunderstandings about retreaded tires, tread separations and the causes of rubber on the road. The fact is, it's just as likely that the tread that came from the tire was from a new tire, not a retreaded tire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a study in 2008 (Commercial Medium Tire Debris Study - Report No: DOT HS 811 60) in which they collected almost 1,500 pieces of tire fragments from the roads. The study concluded that the fragments they found were from NEW and retreaded tires in equal proportion to their service on the roads and had almost nothing to do with the new tire manufacturing or retreading processes. The top 2 causes of damage they identified from the debris studied were the result of hitting road hazards (39%) and excessive heat on the tire (30%), often caused by underinflation, overloading or some other type of abuse. This study confirms findings of other studies done by the States of Arizona and Virginia looking at rubber on our roads.

Retreaded tires provide important economic and environmental benefits by significantly reducing the costs for our private and public fleets to operate their vehicles, by keeping millions of tires out of landfills annually, and by saving millions of gallons of oil and reducing carbon emissions in the production process of retreading tires.

Also to correct one of the other comments... it is legal to use retreaded tires on all wheel positions of trucks, including steer tires. The only prohibition on the use of retreaded tires is on the steer tires of buses. Retreaded tires are used safely everyday on school buses, ambulances, fire trucks, and aircraft.

For more information please visit the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau at http://www.retread.org
megan

Madison, WI

#7 Oct 3, 2013
guest wrote:
For every retread tire that gives, thousands don't. You were unlucky. It's not a problem with the tires.
Just happended to me a couple days ago. Semi retread in the middle of the interstate clipped by a driver in the middle lane slid to the guy in front of me and went under his back tire kicked up at me at least 2 car lengths away smashed my front end,hood,windshield,and scuffed roof.These guys know when it happens and should be responsible enough to get out of there truck and get it off the road.
BIG MEMBER!

Saint Louis, MO

#8 Oct 3, 2013
And let one of you dumb asses run us over ? Don't think so, I you can't dodge a gator in the road perhaps you don't need to be on the road.
forgiven man

United States

#9 Oct 3, 2013
if you get hit by a retread its your own fault for following too close to the truck. Too bad, drive more sensible next time
BIG MEMBER!

Saint Louis, MO

#10 Oct 3, 2013
Amen! It's just one of those unfortunate things that happen.
david

United States

#11 Dec 21, 2013
If you morons cant dodge a gator it means ur following to damn close
spellcheck

Jackson, MO

#12 Dec 23, 2013
Haha. I was waiting on the truckers to chime in. They are correct. 98% of the time if you get hit by one or hit one, you are too close to the vehicle in front of you.
get marks off

United States

#13 Dec 26, 2013
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers get the black marks off from retread. I have a white car, and one hit my bumper. It was easy to remove the black on my bumper.
Semi Driver Victim

Cincinnati, OH

#14 Jun 21, 2014
After reading these posts, I see that truck drivers are even bigger jerks than I originally thought. A tread damn near as large as a whole tire has done at a minimum $1400 of damage to my car. Nothing I could have done to avoid hitting it. I was maintaining safe distance, 2 car lengths. The tread flew up from under the car in front of me. Since the highway was under construction, there was no shoulder for me to use to swerve around it. There were three lanes of traffic, so I also find it interesting that the tread was in the passing lane where semis don't belong. I'll just say this, there must be some truth to the legend that truckers are Aholes, when sooooooooo many people share that perception. And if it's not the case, you all need some better PR and to stop calling people morons when you throw speeding, giant pieces of hard rubber at their vehicles. Of course we resonably can't expect a bunch of high-school dropout, sex slave smuggling, crack smoking, sink bathing, close to homeless, racist sociopaths to be civil.
slowburn

United States

#15 Jun 22, 2014
Semi Driver Victim wrote:
After reading these posts, I see that truck drivers are even bigger jerks than I originally thought. A tread damn near as large as a whole tire has done at a minimum $1400 of damage to my car. Nothing I could have done to avoid hitting it. I was maintaining safe distance, 2 car lengths. The tread flew up from under the car in front of me. Since the highway was under construction, there was no shoulder for me to use to swerve around it. There were three lanes of traffic, so I also find it interesting that the tread was in the passing lane where semis don't belong. I'll just say this, there must be some truth to the legend that truckers are Aholes, when sooooooooo many people share that perception. And if it's not the case, you all need some better PR and to stop calling people morons when you throw speeding, giant pieces of hard rubber at their vehicles. Of course we resonably can't expect a bunch of high-school dropout, sex slave smuggling, crack smoking, sink bathing, close to homeless, racist sociopaths to be civil.
I'm not a trucker. What I can tell you about them is this: when they change lanes they use their blinkers. Every time. They stay in the right hand lane unless passing unlike 50% of the rest of the drivers on the road. Left lane drivers screw up the entire design of the interstate system. They make it harder and more unsafe than anyone else on the road.
Sparty

North Billerica, MA

#16 Jul 20, 2014
guest wrote:
For every retread tire that gives, thousands don't. You were unlucky. It's not a problem with the tires.
There appears to be a lot of "unlucky ness" going on. It just cost me $1,200 in repairs.
tpsens

Elizabethtown, IN

#17 Sep 12, 2014
Semi Driver Victim wrote:
After reading these posts, I see that truck drivers are even bigger jerks than I originally thought. A tread damn near as large as a whole tire has done at a minimum $1400 of damage to my car. Nothing I could have done to avoid hitting it. I was maintaining safe distance, 2 car lengths. The tread flew up from under the car in front of me. Since the highway was under construction, there was no shoulder for me to use to swerve around it. There were three lanes of traffic, so I also find it interesting that the tread was in the passing lane where semis don't belong. I'll just say this, there must be some truth to the legend that truckers are Aholes, when sooooooooo many people share that perception. And if it's not the case, you all need some better PR and to stop calling people morons when you throw speeding, giant pieces of hard rubber at their vehicles. Of course we resonably can't expect a bunch of high-school dropout, sex slave smuggling, crack smoking, sink bathing, close to homeless, racist sociopaths to be civil.
Wow, two car lengths? I bet you think those rock chips in your windshield are my fault too? Read your insurance policy, and dont forget to stay out of parking lots as you wont like that worth a damn either.
Retread victim

United States

#18 Jul 13, 2015
My car was just damaged about an hour ago by retread. It was in the middle of the interstate. The car in front (no I wasn't following too close) hit the retread and I couldn't dodge it when it was flying in air. Also, I could not retread avoid without causing an accident to my left or my right. It wasn't that the retread had just come of a truck in front of me or close. I guess something has to happen to a loved one before some people stop with the sarcasm.
skyzlimit

Cincinnati, OH

#19 Jul 16, 2015
I live in Northern Cincinnati and drive 25 miles on 75 to and from work. It is almost a daily occurrence that there is retreat on the highway. Regardless of whether or not you are following behind a semi/tractor trailer or not there is an INCREDIBLE amount of retread debris on the highway. It has NOTHING to do with following too close, it has to do with the leftover debris accumulating on the road. I've had a car in front of me run over a piece of retreat, propelling it onto and cracking my windshield...a $500+ repair I certainly was not expecting. On another occasion a similar instance happened where there was a retreat drifting along the highway and flipped up and shattered my headlight and skimming across and scratching my hood...another $500+ dollars of repair. It is incredibly frustrating. Why truck drivers aren't accountable are beyond me. If a piece of my car caused damage to another vehicle, you better believe I would be financially responsible for the repairs as a result of the damage. It is TOTAL B.S.
Trk Driver

Greensboro, NC

#20 Jan 18, 2016
If a driver is doing his pre trips and everything else with being a CDL driver.....it is isn't hard to notice separation...and I'm sure you all do your pre trips rightttttttt??? With some of these comments from other truck drivers, and from this(me) truck driver.. To you......you all are ignorant.

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