The intensive inspection campaign of MCI had revealed that two tire retreading factories ( AlHowail Retreading Tires and Tire Renewing Factory) were involved in adulteration and counterfeit productions.The two factories were shut down by MCI inspection teams and the following had been detected : storage of recyclable tires with damaged ones that cannot be recycled , bad storage of finished products , keeping some others in a random way and under the sun , the factory's products were not complying with the Saudi Standards and Specifications , the lack of safety systems for the factory and the workers , no lighting for the production hall, lack of adequate organization and arrangement. The owners were summoned for investigation.
Also 300 tires, not complying with specifications, were seized and confiscated,while number of warnings had been given to other factories relating to the explanatory data on the tires .
MCI raids and closing of factories had been carried out after joint efforts and good cooperation between MCI and the Saudi Specifications and standards Authority through intensive field tours to monitor tire retreading plants violation.
MCI had announced earlier the implementation of a comprehensive campaign in all regions of the Kingdom on the retreading tires factories not complying with the Saudi Standards and Specifications, which may cause many fatal accidents to their users - God forbid - , confirming that it would work on closing the offensive factories and the owners would be summoned for investigation.
The Ministry said that the tours would include conducting performance tests , make sure of applying the correct ways to store recyclable tires and to ensure they would not exist at the sites of damaged ones , check the quality of keeping the finished products , the availability of safety systems for the factory and the workers , the quality of adequate lighting , check the organization and arrangement, make sure of the explanatory statements on the product and the indication of origin.
This comes as a result of the MCI efforts during the last period in the seizure and confiscation of used and adulterated tires from the markets, shops and warehouses, which are not complying with the Saudi standard and specifications in order to eliminate the counterfeit tires and to protect the consumers from related harm.
MCI confirms that it would apply the legal penalties against the violating factories which produce counterfeit or copied goods which may cause risks on the consumers, MCI would not tolerate with those promoting such items and it would continue the inspection tours on factories, markets, warehouses and commercial establishments to ensure their proper and regular works.
MCI calls on all consumers to report their complaints and observations to the Report Center at the Ministry on the phone No. 800 124 1616.