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Old 06-30-2008, 06:57 PM   #1
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Danger in buying "new" tires

This 20/20 special on abc said that tire stores are selling tires that are 7-12 years old as new tires when they actually go bad in 4-6 years and can blow out after 6 years no matter what the driving time on them. take a look


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All tires have a 'born on date' that you can read on the sidewall of all tires. http://www.trucktrend.com/features/t...ngs/index.html
it will tell you what year it was made and where it was made. Its just as easy as checking the date on a bottle of milk.

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yep thats what that video said
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Sounds like a slow news day
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i'm pretty sure thats the video i've seen already, no time tonight to look. i've been in the auto repair business for a while now, and most shops i've worked in sold tires.

the video i saw had a man on there sewing the tire shop for selling him tires that were around 4 years old if i remember, they went on the family minivan, 5 years after they went on the van, there was a blow out while a teenage, or 20 yr old son was driving. HOW MANY MILES WERE ON THE TIRES THEN? NO INFO ON CONDITION AT THE TIME, WERE THEY ROTATED PROPERLY, AND WAS THE VEHICLES SUSPENSION AND ALIGNMENT MAINTAINED REGULARLY. NO INFO ON THAT. and does anyone think teenagers are sometimes likely to misuse a vehicle?

now i agree selling tires that are as old as some of those is bad no doubt. but there is no set way to tell when they aren't good as new anymore. i've seen tires of all conditions of all ages. it all depends on way too many factors. but i would say 9-12 yrs was insane.

but think of the impact of the smaller businesses if they just had to throw away tires after a year or two. do you know how many different sizes there are? some odd sizes will stay in stock longer than others.

hard to tell what the timeline would be. but the man i saw has no reason to go after the place that sold him the tires.
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