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Parents Fail Falken School Tyre Safety 'Test'

Published: Wednesday 31st of July 2013 | Author: Naidre | Category: Tyres

Motorists carry their most precious cargo when making the school run, but that's no guarantee that the vehicles they use will be fit for duty. Time spent by Falken Tyres at Moorfield Primary School in Shropshire uncovered a high number of illegal tyres – eight out of the 25 parents' cars checked were fitted with tyres that didn't make the grade. The school car park check also identified one tyre with a nail in it and a further two had tyres more than 10 years old. In the interests of safety, Falken provided vouchers for free tyres and fitting to the first five owners with illegally worn or damaged tyres.

The school inspection underlines research undertaken by Falken. It found more than 56% of the 8,900 tyres it removed last month had less than the legal requirement of 1.6mm tread depth. “The results today confirm what our dealers are saying. There are a significant proportion of cars running on illegal or dangerous tyres,” said Matt Smith, Falken’s U.K. Director. “Tyres are a crucial element in road safety and for a number of reasons, it is often a distress purchase, left until the last minute.” 

“We were surprised at the results,” said Mrs. Sue Plant, Headmistress at Moorfield Primary School. “We regularly address road safety with the children, but it would seem that parents need more information about the importance of tyre safety. We thank Falken for its proactive attitude and for providing this service to the parents.”

Following the success of the event in Shropshire, Falken is planning to roll it out to other schools across the U.K. “Based on our findings here in the Midlands, it would seem that there is much to do to educate the public about checking tread depth,” stated Smith.  

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