Your "new" tires might be 12 years old-beware!
May 16, 2008 11:26pm CST
I saw a blurb on the local news and watched the 20/20 report on tires that are brand new but have been on the shelves for years. People have been killed by those tires. They look perfectly sound and have brand-new tread but as they age the rubber gets old and you could lose the tread. You've seen those strips of rubber on the freeways? That's what they do! There a big long number on the tire and at the end of it is a 3-4 digit number. "1301", for example, means it was manufactured the thirteenth week of 2001. "466" designates a tire made in the 46th week of 1996. These are both VERY unsafe tires!! Please look into this and check the age of the tires that you're thinking about buying. Tell your friends and neighbors. Tires more than 4-6 years old can separate for no reason and at any time, often killing the occupants of the vehicle. Rubber ages like everything else. Just a heads-up for everyone--England has notified its people through its tire manufacturers but most American tire manufacturers are arguing against a warning saying there's no scientific evidence. Bull. Look up the 20/20 tv report. They investigated it pretty well!
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17 May 08
Hi dragon54u, Thanks for some useful info here. Sad to see that corporate profits seem to be trumping the safety of consumers - as usual. Let's hope the consumers are smart enough to look after their own interests, even if the big tire manufacturers and relevant regulatory authorities don't.
• United States
5 Jan 09
I'm looking for new tires soon. That would make me really made to pay out that kind of money thinking I'm getting new tires only to find out the old ones I have on my car now are probably safer with 25% of the tread left than a set that is 12 years old. I'll be looking out for this. thank you.