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I can find no statutes in Florida which specifically ban the practice of repairing a tire with a plug.
However, a Trujillo vs. Uniroyal Tire Company was a case involving a plugged tire that caused a catastrophic blow-out, which resulted in a serious accident
. That case made its way to the Florida Supreme Court.
While such repairs may indeed be generally safe, there is a chance, depending upon the placement of the plug on the tire, that a catastrophic blow-out may occur, which can cause a serious accident. In plugging tires you save the customer money, which is good. You also place yourself, your employer and the tire company at risk of a lawsuit if by some stroke of misfortune that plug repair fails while, for example, the car is traveling at a fairly high speed on the Interstate, causing an accident with injuries or deaths. Whether it is worth the risk for you and your employer is only something that you can decide.
The tire company has informed you of its stance on the issue.
Typically, when such an accident occurs, everyone possible is sued: the company that made the repairs and its employees
. The tire manufacturer will be sued if they did not issue adequate warnings about the danger of the repair. This is one reason why many tire manufacturers today will void the warranty on tires that have plug repairs done to them.
The tire companies are not just trying to sell more tires. They are trying to avoid expensive litigation
if someone is seriously injured or killed due to an accident caused by such a repair. While the chances of such an accident are probably not high, they are extremely costly to the defendants of such a lawsuit if they do occur.
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