Up to 10,000 road accidents are caused by retreaded tyres used on heavy vehicles and lorries every year, said Minister of Works Baru Bian. “I am shocked that the use of retreaded tyres was the main cause of most accidents on the road,” he said in a The Star report.

Speaking to the press during a visit to the Malaysian Highway Authority office in Penang, Baru said this figure averaged out to about 30 accidents daily due to burst retreaded tyres. He also mentioned the second cause of accidents was due to overloading.

“There is also a high number of overweight lorries that caused accidents,” said Baru. Emphasising low quality retreaded tyres were not safe and enforcement must be stepped up, Baru said, “this boils down to enforcement, we should not have overweight vehicles on the road so we need to ensure that enforcement is taken seriously.”

Retreading of vehicle tyres is where used tyres have extra rubber tread glued on to extend tyre life. Poor quality retreads are prone to blowouts and tread separation, leading to incidents of rubber debris on highways.