posted 4 years ago

Vehicle Fault Crashes: Tyres Contribute To 40% Of Deaths

Tyre Fault Casualty Figures Revealed

Defective, illegal and under inflated tyres caused 40% of road deaths in the United Kingdom in 2013 where vehicle fault was a factor, according to TyreSafe. The safety organisation's statement is based on new information from the Department for Transport.

This shows that there were 2,855 casualties last year caused by faulty vehicles, with tyres blamed on 968 occasions. 45% of incidents occurred on a-roads – with the south-east being the most prolific region.

TyreSafe Chairman, Stuart Jackson, said: "The latest figures are very worrying and sadly reflect a general attitude of indifference by many drivers toward checking their tyres regularly.

“As the only part of your car in contact with the road, it's vital that your tyres are looked after correctly and inspected regularly to ensure they will work properly in emergency situations.”

Casualty Figures Revealed Days Before Tyre Safety Month

The Department for Transport’s figures precede the October Tyre Safety Month Campaign. This will emphasise the importance of having enough tread to consistently and comprehensively clear rain water. It will be timed to coincide with what is traditionally the wettest month. During the campaign, thousands of garages and tyre retailers will offer complimentary safety checks.

These will ensure that tyres – as required by law – have 1.6mm of tread across their central 75% and around the circumference. The penalty for having a defective tyre is a fine of up to £2,500 and penalty points. (in extreme cases). TyreSafe Chairman Stuart Jackson added: "Driving on safe and legal tyres is important all year round but especially so as we approach the winter months. Without adequate tread depth your tyres will not be able to cope properly on wet roads, and if we have a repeat of last year's record levels of rainfall we could well see even more needless tyre-related injuries which could have been easily avoided."


When you think about how small an amount of rubber is in contact with the road at any one time tyres need to be treated seriously. They are the only thing keeping you on the road. Look after your tyres, and they will look after you!!!!!!!!

During last winter I saw Range- rover in car park with 2 bald tyres. Told lady owner who replied, its four wheel drive so whats the problem?. It was the 2 front tyres but she showed no interest in discussing it.

It does not surprise me as I see so many people with at least one headlight not working, so if they cannot be bothered to fix something so obvious they will never inspect their tyres. The big question is how to get though to these people?

I would not recommend kwik-fits free tyre check, after mentioning a bulge in the tyre they said they couldn't spot one until I pointed it out to them to which their reply was 'oh yeah that needs changing asap' needless to say I went elsewhere to buy new ones

The fitting of faulty tyres at the second hand tyre stores that are popping up everywhere are a concern, I had a taxi come in to have the wheels realigned and the tyres were 3 years older than the car, surely this must be a danger to the paying customers, I think we need to clamp down on the second hand tyre market

If they made tyres cheaper to buy i think people would change them more often. As for having them checked by tyre suppliers i am always suspisious of their advice ,they always want you to change them to meet their targets etc

ever time i buy a new second hand car i always replace the tyres you do not know the history of them kerbing etc. i always change them when they have worn down to 3mm. it is an extra outlay better safe than sorry!

A few years ago bought a car with new Firestone tyres fitted by Kwik Fit after 3 months 2 of the tyres developed bulges on the sidewalls. Kwik-Fit.Police and Trading Standards did not want to know

It would GREATLY help if airlines at garages were not out of order so often, and swifyly repaired when they are!

The statistics do not surprise me at all. There was a time when only a fool didn't lift the bonnet and check the levels and check the tyres and pressures at least every week. Cars have become so reliable people have got out of the habit. There was a time when it was highly desirable a driver knew something about the car he or she was legally responsible for keeping in a safe and legal condition but manufacturers these days play down this aspect as they want their products to seem idiot-proof. Lots of owners and drivers today rely on the routine servicing at six, nine, twelve or even eighteen month intervals to do the things they should be doing themselves at least every month and preferably more often. It is a combination of pure luck and the superior quality of tyres and vehicle components that there aren't many more collisions and other road nasties. Excessive speed is often a factor in these things as well as vehicle defects; driver tend to slow down a lot less today when faced with adverse conditions, probably due to the vehicle lights, wipers, heating and soundproofing being far too effective and the driver is too remote from the outside environment and completely unaware his car is aquaplaning or skating on black ice or something similar. Power steering further isolates the driver...

Not really the tyres fault as the driver is legally responsible to ensure tyres are legal, which includes checking the tread depth and general condition of tyre for cuts or bulges, so its Drivers fault

I have seen some road tests that suggest it is not good practice ti wear tyres down below 3mm.