OMG! Your new tires may turn out to be old soon to blast bombs
27-02-2017 9:16pm | by Geeta Rai
OMG !! Your new tires may turn out to be old soon to blast bombs :
Tires are important parts of the car or to any vehicle and they need regular maintenance. Check the condition of the tires, how do they look? If your tires don’t have any bald spots, plenty of threads and no wear and tear, then they are in a great condition. You choose the best tires for your vehicle but wait, it can be overturned and they can break apart at any moment.
It’s about getting the “Safe tires”, instead of purchasing the high-end products because the consequences of driving on old tires can be deadly. Countries in Europe and Asia, tire manufacturers always inform customers about the dangers of old tires and also educate about the new tires which are actually six years old or even older than that. In the US it is quite different as the customers are kept in dark from the reality. Tires are a billion dollar business and the companies don’t want to destroy the reputation and see profits literally go up in smoke.
They look new and they even smell new but the question is “Are they really brand new?”
The answer is “NO”, they are not new. The rubber from which the tires are made dries up over the time and it starts to crack, which makes them fall apart even when you are driving. It can be seriously damaging as you are driving on a highway and the tire falls apart. It is both dangerous and deadly for the driver and the passengers who are travelling within the vehicle.
Till now 100 deaths have been attributed to old tires and currently, there is a filed lawsuit against Bridgestone/Firestone for selling old tires as new ones. A man was dead with a vehicle considered to have new tires which burst up and left a family without a father now.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has refused to impose a six-year shelf life on tires despite all the evidence available at the site. They have issued a warning and nobody was ready to take the responsibility as these companies are the giants. Every month they have thousands of old tires for the junk and why will they shed them in junk, if they can use the same old tires as new?
There was a video reported by ABC’s 20/20, which was aired on May 9th revealed some facts about the old tires. These old tires were on sale as new ones at Sears and some of the tires were even 12 years old.
Sears is a reputed tire store in the country which has been selling these old tires and this surely is making us wonder what stores without the big names and reputation will carry?
It is always recommended to check the actual age of the tires in regards to whether you are shopping for the new tires, riding on the new tires or have the old tires which you have purchased several years ago. It is easy and translating the code of the tire may vary as it depends on the year of the manufacture.
- Every tire has the month and the year of manufacture and it is often used as Tire Identification Number which is also known as tire’s serial number. It is like vehicle identification numbers and serial numbers on different consumer goods. Tire identification numbers are the batch codes which identifies the week and year the tire was produced.
- The U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires the tire identification numbers be a combination of the letters, followed by ten, eleven or twelve letters which will identify the manufacturing location, tire size and manufacturer’s code along with the week and the year the tire was manufactured.
- Since 2000, all the tires which are manufactured used a four digits code, the first two digits will help us to identify the week of the manufacture and the last two digits will identify the year of the production.
- According to the current regulation, DOT and the first digits of the tire identification number must be branded onto the opposite sidewall. By looking at the tire from both ends will give us the entire Tire Identification Number.
- The tires which were manufactured before the year 2000 were sold on the assumption that tires would not be in service for ten years. They were coded with the same information in the four digits in which the first two digits were for the week of manufacture and the last two digits were for the year.
- It is always recommended to keep hold of the sales receipt as most of the tire companies gives four years of warranty from the date of the purchase and five years from the date of the production. If you lose your receipt, your tire warranty coverage will end five years of the week the tire was manufactured.
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