Seriously, why the hell are retreads allowed on the road? They are a hazad, plain and simple. I had to travel across the state for work the other day. A few miles from my destination, the tread on a tire of the semi in front of me peeled off right in front of me, resulting in this damage to my front bumper.
While my car is an 07, I've only had it for a few months, and it is in excellent condition, having been owned by the proverbial old lady who only drove it to church on Sundays. Now I'm staring at either paying my deductible and taking a hit on my insurance, or paying out of pocket. Either way, I'm being penalized for something that is completely not my fault. If trucks (and smaller vehicles as well) were simply not allowed to use retread tires, this would be much less of an issue. I see tread debris on the side of the road all the time, and this isn't the first time I've hit some, this is just the first time I've suffered damage in a car that isn't already a beater. Why are these things allowed on the road? Yeah, they're cheaper than a new tire, and I get that truckers need to do everything they can to reduce their operating expenses, but seriously, these things are dangerous. Fuck retreads, they need to go away, now.