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      Michelin, Pirelli to Be Fined for Selling Toxic Tyres in Taiwan

      Major Tyre Makers Faced with Serious Problems

      2y ago

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      Yesterday, the Consumer Protection Committee of Taiwan (CPC) released the “2018 Motorbike Tyres Quality Test Report”. As it turned out, 9 out of 11 samples did not pass the test, especially the PAHs test (PAHs is a toxic material), including world-famous tyre giants Dunlop, Michelin and Pirelli. That is to say, the PAHs percentage inside the sample tyres all exceed humans’ tolerance standard. With that said, all the tyre makers having not passed the test will be fined by Taiwanese government if they don’t improve the product quality to meet stands within given time.

      A famous motorway exit in Taipei where people outside the city flooding in on scooters. / Credit: M. CHAK

      A famous motorway exit in Taipei where people outside the city flooding in on scooters. / Credit: M. CHAK

      Tyres are the most expendable parts on a vehicle. No matter how good the they are, the tyres will be worn out gradually. On a motorbike or a scooter—somewhere with no air conditioning—the riders breathe in everything directly. In this case, as the tyres being toxic, with friction and heat, the PAHs will be released into the air, straightly “recycled” by rider’s respiratory system.

      I know this sounds boring, but bear with me.

      No, I'm not going to start a chemistry lecture.

      No, I'm not going to start a chemistry lecture.

      Following are excerpts of a detailed report over PAHs from the Department of Health and Human Services, USA:

      “Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a class of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil, and gasoline. They also are produced when coal, oil, gas, wood, garbage, and tobacco are burned. PAHs generated from these sources can bind to or form small particles in the air. High-temperature cooking will form PAHs in meat and in other foods.”

      “People are usually exposed to mixtures of PAHs. Breathing air contaminated with motor vehicle exhaust, cigarette smoke, wood smoke, or fumes from asphalt roads are common ways exposure occurs. People take in PAHs when they eat grilled or charred meats or foods or foods on which PAH particles have settled from the air. After PAHs are swallowed, breathed in, or in some cases, passed through the skin, the body converts PAHs into breakdown products called metabolites that pass out of the body in the urine and faeces.“

      “Human health effects from environmental exposure to low levels of PAHs are unknown. Large amounts of naphthalene in air can irritate eyes and breathing passages. Workers who have been exposed to large amounts of naphthalene from skin contact with the liquid form and from breathing naphthalene vapour have developed blood and liver abnormalities. Several of the PAHs and some specific mixtures of PAHs are considered to be cancer-causing chemicals.”

      In short, PAHs is a toxic material which may lead to cancers. There shall be no conspiracy behind the report for the tyres were tested to standards same as what the EU tests with.

      Street of Taipei

      Street of Taipei

      Taiwan has a population of around 23 million. According to the statistics from the Ministry of Interior, until 2014 there were over 14 million registered scooters and motorbikes in Taiwan, and this figure will double in 6 years. The most common transportation method in Taiwan is by scooters. Imagine what would happen if most scooter tyres are bloody toxic?

      Xinyi district, Taipei City, Taiwan

      Xinyi district, Taipei City, Taiwan

      Furthermore, if even companies like Dunlop, Michelin and Pirelli sell dangerous, toxic tyres, what would other less known companies do? Cost reduction is never the only way to make a fortune. Just remember, tyre companies: by not sacrificing consumer’s health and safety, you do earn more.

      Click here for the original press release. (It’s in traditional Chinese, though)

      Source: Consumer Protection Committee, Executive Yuan, Taiwan (R.O.C) (中華民國行政院消費者保護會) / Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan (R.O.C) (中華民國經濟部標準檢驗局)

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      Comments (13)

      • Amazing:

          2 years ago
        • Well I’ve got to say, this does not exist everywhere here. But it’s truly an amazing scene and it’s real. Many people here rely on scooters a lot. Because of the pollution and other safety concerns, a Taiwanese company called “Gogoro”...

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            2 years ago
        • Traffic in Beijing is more horrible than this

            1 year ago
      • So is this the first time they started testing? Or have the standards been tightened? I'm confused on why these major companies all would think it would be okay to sell these bad tires.

          2 years ago
      • Thanks for reposting mate!

          2 years ago
      • I choose not to live in a bubble, so I just won't worry about it. 😉

          2 years ago
        • I’m not sure if they use the same material in making products for other vehicles as well. If they do, and if those are sold world wide, it shall be a big threat to all human beings. This is something directly harmful to not just humans but all...

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            2 years ago
        • Everything causes cancer nowadays. Enjoy the life you have while your here and you can. Living in a bubble is not living. 😄 Cheers !!

            2 years ago
      • 天祐臺灣

          2 years ago

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