In December 2005,
Michelin (the world's largest tyre
manufacturer) urged the European Commission
to take action against a flood of
counterfeit truck tyres, which it warned
"could threaten road safety".
Since the above date, numerous instances of
counterfeit car tyres and fake motorcycle tyres
have been reported. Counterfeit tyres are
being sold under the name of all of the major brands
(although the name is sometimes mis-spelt).
However; some tyres are supplied as
budget units ands the tread design is
copied. However; an efficient tread design
is of no use if the tyre is not made from
high quality materials.