Though this news is a few months old, I didn't find anything about it on ATS except for this
that got almost no attention. From a first-person perspective, I cannot stress enough how important this news is to you and your
Here's a video about it that may save your life.
For those who cannot watch it, here's the synopsis:
Tires over 6 years old run a _significant_ risk of the inner belt separating from the tread at high speed, making it nearly impossible to control the
car. This happened to my mother's car just last year, while she, my father, myself, and my pregnant wife were in it. It is only through the sheerest
miracle that it happened in daylight, there were no cars immediately around us, and that those behind us had time to see and react in time not to hit
us as we flew across four lanes of traffic, spinning over and over, and slammed into a sign post. None of us were injured, but again, this was only
through the sheerest of luck.
At the time we were told by the highway officer that this was a freak accident and that sometimes "it just happens." Now, come to find out that this
is a common occurrence in tires that are over 6 years old EVEN IF THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN DRIVEN ON AND THE TREAD IS STILL FACTORY "NEW" with the little
rubber spikes on it.
* Never use tires over 6 years old, EVEN IF THE'VE NEVER BEEN USED!!!
* A belt/tread separation makes a car almost impossible to control, even for professional stunt-drivers. Brakes, steering, and alignment are
* Even tires in the "Brand New" rack at a tire shop might be more than ten years old.
* To find the age of a tire, you have to look for the code inside the oval on the tire itself. The first two digits are the week the tire was
produced, the last digit(s) represent the year.
* A 3-digit code means the tire was made in the 1990's.
* A 4-digit code means the tire was made in the 2000's.
(eg, "304" means the tire was made in the 30th week of 1994, whereas 3004 would mean the tire was made in the 30th week of 2004).
* In the photo provided, the tire was made in the 42nd week of 2002.
I cannot recommend strongly enough that you immediately go check your car tires for their age. Even if you've driven for years and it's never happened
to you before, take it from someone who first-hand experienced it, me, it is a terrifying experience when someone's life besides your own is in the
car when this happens.
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