AND as with the dates... you can look on each tire to find out the date and all that but honestly if the tire has ALL the lil rubber doo-dads on them, and shows signs of NEVER being on the road, or mounted... doesnt matter the age... its still a NEW tire
That'* not true. The rubber starts to deteriorate after it'* built. It may look new, but it'* slowly degrading. They did a report on one of the news magazines on TV about a father that bought tires for his SUV from a gas station. His son went on a trip with said vehicle and had an accident and died from his injuries. The cause of the accident was a tire shredding apart. When they checked the dates on the tires after the father said he just bought them, the tires were (2) two years old before they were even mounted. That was just one of the (5) five stories they had about tire failures due to age. Here'* a story I found on it. The defense rests.
New Warning: 'Catastrophic Failure' Discovered in Aged Tires
The Action Comes After an ABC News Investigation Into the Dangers of Old Tires
By JOSEPH RHEE
June 3, 2008
After years of delay, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer advisory today warning motorists that outdated tires, even if they appear to be brand new, can lead to "catastrophic failure." Critics had charged NHTSA with dragging its feet on the issue, despite the agency'* past acknowledgement that aged tires are a serious safety risk. (Click here
to read NHTSA'* consumer alert)
"The vehicle industry, the tire industry and the government have known about this problem for years, but consumers have been kept in the dark", said auto safety expert Sean Kane. Kane had petitioned NHTSA in 2004 to issue a consumer advisory on aged tires, but until today no action was taken.
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Today'* advisory warns motorists as they prepare for summer travel that "Old tires also are subject to greater stress, which increases the likelihood of catastrophic failure." The advisory also informs consumers how to determine the age of their tires be reading the DOT code on the sidewall. (Click here
for explanation of DOT age code.)
NHTSA'* action comes on the heels of a 20/20 investigation into the dangers of aged tires. Our investigation detailed how as tires age, they can dry out and become brittle, leading to a possible catastrophic tread separation. Despite more than 100 deaths in the U.*. attributed to aged tires, NHTSA turned down a petition by Ford Motor Co. to impose a six-year shelf life on tires.
Today'* advisory does note that "some tire and vehicle manufacturers have issued recommendations for replacing tires that range from six to ten years of age. Consumers are advised to check with their tire or vehicle manufacturer for specific guidance."