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Re-grooved tires hazardous for passenger tires

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Shannon Garchow is the owner of Saginaw Wheels and Deals and he steers clear of re-grooved or retreaded tires.

"We still see them coming in on used cars from out of state. So you do get them once in a while," Garchow said.

Worn tires made to look newer with a re-grooving tool. He says me those tires are illegal in Michigan. Saying he doesn't sell them, much less perform maintenance on any vehicles that have them.

"I won't even work on it unless they buy another tire. Because I don't want to be responsible for it so technically we won't even take it off the car," Garchow said.

The I-Team has learned more and more of these tires are on the road. Posing a serious threat to unsuspecting motorists.

“The cap of the tire, which is the tread is basically just glued on,” Garchow said. “So in extreme heat and cold you know you name it, weather conditions or anything like that you're going to have issues with it.”

While re-grooving tires may be dangerous for passenger vehicles, as far as trucks go it's acceptable because those tires are made to be re-grooved, much to the surprise of Garchow.

“I'm very shocked because those are a lot more dangerous,” Garchow said.

We found tires labeled re-groovable at an area truck stop. Those commercial tires are thicker, made to withstand the re-grooving process. For the rest of us, Garchow says when it comes to purchasing used tires it's buyer beware.

“It's really hard to really tell. Just a matter of trusting your tire guy,” Garchow said.

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