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AGING TYRES: Are you driving on tyres that could kill you? – News3LV



There were 500 deaths and 19,000 injuries in 2014 from aging tyres-related accidents, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.


Cracks, like the ones in this tyre are probably caused by  aging tyres .Hence, that are too old to be driving about when fitted to your cars.

There has been an increase of tyre related accidents. Naturally, due to the  increase of drivers buying part worn aging tyres. Many of these aging tyres are from breakers yards. For that reason, are well past there sell by date and not fit for the road.

Compounds containing anti-oxidising chemicals. Are used to slow down the natural aging process of rubber. Thus,  in new tyres. The problem arises. because, the tyre becomes older than five years old. On the other hand Michelin and Continental. As expected,say that, under the right conditions a tyre could last up to ten years.


Like anything else you should check out your tyres for any cracking and bulges or bubbles appearing on the sidewall area or the tread area. The tyre in the image could have been running under pressure, but it could also be over age?

The date when the tyre was manufactured is embedded onto a tyres

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This tyre .was bought as a part worn tyre and only lasted two week after it was fitted

sidewall. It tells you the week and year that the tyre was manufactured. In the past few years, cash strapped motorists have been buying part worn tyres.


What people do not realise is that many of these part worn tyres have been sold illegally. In the 1990’s we had a similar economic downturn and laws were passed to curb the number of part worn tyres that were sold.

These laws allowed the sale of part worn tyres, providing they were inspected and tested in a correct manor. This resulted in an improved situation, until recent times. All sorts of rubbish part worn tyres are now been sold to the public.

In recent times we have seen tyres with cuts, nails, bubbles, screws and worse of all aging tyres that are passed their best and full of cracks.

Tyre troubles- prompt RI consumer complaints on out of date tyres

Tyre troubles-“They were sitting in the guy’s warehouse for three or four years before he sold them as brand new tires,” said LaPan.

Tyre troubles-This problem could have raised its ugly head again? in the past, tyre wholesalers have beeing buying tyres at a cheap price and saving them until they can  get a  higher  price when the market goes up. This is common in many industries, but tyres have a certain shelf life and some are out of date by two and three years and even more.

This all kicked off, coming from one of my customers. While he was away on holiday he had a puncture and because his spare tyre was flat? He had to buy a new tyre from the local tyre depot, somewhere in Devon.

He had no need to tell me really, but he just wanted to warn us of what was going on. The tyres that he had on his car were Bridgestone Potenza S02 tyres. The guy at the tyre centre did not have them in but he said that if he returned the next day, then he

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this tyre was coded as been made on the 14th week of 2011 hence the 1411

would get one in for him.

The guy was at the start of the holiday so he left his car and carried on with his holiday. The guy went back and the new Bridgestone tyre had been fitted and the puncture repair to the spare had been completed.

My customer is a fussy kind of guy and had recently been reading an article about “how to age a tyre, by the coding on the tyres sidewall”. He could not believe that the tyre was made in the year 2000 and was in fact 12 years old.

The life limit of a new tyre is 6 years. All tyres that have been kept in storage should not be sold or put to use if they are over 6 years old, from their date of manufacture. Also, when a tyre has been in use, on a vehicle, then the effects of ageing will be lessened to a degree, but these tyres should be replaced after 10 years. This is the tyre manufacturers recommendation and there does not appear to be a law against it. Tyre troubles are imminent.

The consumer does not know this?

There are ways of reading a tyre so that you know what age it was, see the attached post ...