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
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.