Car tires age even if they are never used

There was a news story on ABC News that reported on the largely unknown fact that car tires deteriorate even if they are never used, and that auto manufacturers have recommended that tires over 6 years old not be used (though of course tire manufacturers are strongly against this.) It also reports how you can tell when your tire was manufactured – the last group of symbols is something like “0604”, which means that it was made in the 6th week of 2004.

I always wondered why I saw so many tire treads on the freeway. I didn’t think that there could possibly be that many defective tires. I guess I know why now.

Everyone should check their tires at their first opportunity.

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11 Responses

  1. I didn’t know that either about tires. Why don’t they make ’em so they last. By the way, I read an article somewhere recently where they are going to make tires that don’t need air. How’s about them apples, Al?

    By the way, do you want to exchange links? No pressure, dude.

  2. Yeah, I think I heard about the airless tires. Hopefully they don’t disintegrate like current tires.

  3. The tire treads you see on the road are retreads from trucks.

  4. That makes sense, since most of the treads I see are on highways with high truck use. Thanks.

  5. Well, how about that! You learn something new everyday. I think it’s time I change my tires. You don’t even want to know how old they are. LOL Seriously, changing them is just one of those things that keeps getting put off until tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, next decade…..get my drift?!! 🙂 🙂 LOL

  6. Yeah. The scary thing is that the news story reported (though I forgot to put it in my post) that some stores were selling 12 year old tires as new even though they knew that is very dangerous.

    The next time I need new tires, I am going to bypass the tire store and drive straight to the tire manufacturer. “Gimme the latest tires from your assembly line!”

  7. Bought “new tires” last year & after the news story aired, I checked & my “new” Bridgestone tires were more than 3 yrs. old. These tires are now over 4 yrs. old. Do I have any recourse against the chain that sold it to me? When I spoke to store Mgr., he shrugged & said “don’t worry….the tires are fine” and walked away. What now? Do you have any suggestions how to proceed?

  8. Maybe talk to your local newspapers or television stations. Many of them have reporters looking into these things, and I’m sure they tire chain doesn’t want the negative publicity of refusing to take back 3 year old “new” tires.

  9. […] on my car yesterday, I thought it would be appropriate to refer my reader (readers?) to my previous entry which links to the ABC News story that explains that many “new” tires are really over […]

  10. A 65 year old female friend of mine recently purchased 4 new tires. She was STILL having problems with the air going out of her tires. She took her car back to the dealer. They did not tell her why, but they replace ALL FOUR TIRES with new ones.

  11. That certainly sounds suspicious. The air was going out of all 4 tires?

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