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The Legal and Safety Implications of Tire Regrooving

We can’t stress the importance of tire grooves enough. They provide the traction or “grip” the vehicle needs to maneuver on the road reliably. Furthermore, the grooves also move water out of the tires when on wet roads to prevent slippage and loss of control. Negligent tire regrooving has been on the rise in the news lately, worrying pedestrians and drivers alike. What exactly is this practice, and how does it affect other people? We’ll be discussing all this, plus the legal implications of negligent or illegal tire regrooving.

What Exactly is Tire Regrooving?

Tire regrooving is not a skill that everyone possesses. It necessitates the use of an expert and entails re-cutting the grooves of a worn-out tire. The operation is generally carried out using a handheld tool, and one wrong move might leave the tire useless. The grooves are re-cut to provide a 4mm tread depth on the tires. The increased tread depth can be up to 25% of the original tread depth, extending the tire’s life considerably. It is believed that regrooving tires can enhance their mileage by 25-30%. 

How Does Tire Grooving Endanger Other Road Users?

Unfortunately, if truck drivers use regrooved tires, automobile drivers are put in danger. Some truck drivers attempt to regroove their tires, but they should know that it is pretty challenging to regroove tires fully and accurately. Qualified professionals should only regroove tires. A bad regrooving work increases the likelihood of a truck driver spinning over the side of the road and collapsing. If tires are incorrectly regrooved, a truck driver may lose control of the vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises customers to exercise caution when selecting low-cost regrooved tires. Before placing tires on a vehicle, individuals should ensure that they fulfill federal standards.

The Legal Implications of Tire Regrooving

Tire regrooving is governed by federal laws. A “regroovable tire,” according to 49 CFR Section 569.3(c), is “designed and built with sufficient material to facilitate the renewal of the tread pattern.” This implies that tires may only be lawfully regrooved if they still have enough rubber to retain their original tread pattern. Non-commercial vehicle tires are not regroovable because the tread pattern is too thin to be preserved.

People may not sell regrooved rubber tires created by “removing rubber from the surface of a worn tire tread to establish a new tread pattern” under Section 569.7. This law also applies to a person who regrooves their tires for interstate commerce reasons. In other words, no one may shave or reduce the amount of rubber on a vehicle tire.

Those that sell and distribute regroovable tires must also comply with the labeling requirements of 569.9. This rule requires persons to guarantee that the word “regroovable” is molded into each tire and is printed in 0.38 to 0.50-inch tall letters.

Those who participate in irresponsible tire regrooving should be informed that they are breaking federal laws. Careless tire regrooving can result in severe fines. If a person is engaged in an automobile accident, they may also be sued. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, truck drivers might risk a $1,000 punishment for incorrectly regrooved tires.


Ignorance of the law is unforgivable, especially when it comes to road safety, which frequently results in massive disasters and the death of innocent bystanders. If you are a truck driver, please think carefully to regroove your vehicle’s tires, particularly the front tires. Consider whether it is worthwhile to save money by regrooving the tires rather than replacing them.

Enlist the help of the best car accident lawyer in Maryland if you think you’ve been a victim of a negligent tire-regrooving incident. We can handle your case and collect payment only when we’ve won. Call Zukerberg and Halperin today for a free consultation!

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