AskPatty Tips for Tire Safety 6: How old are your tires?
If they are more than five years old, they should be professionally inspected and may likely need replacing.
Tire rubber expires just like anything else. The life expectancy of a tire before breakdown occurs is approximately 5 or 6 years. Check the manufacturer’s date on the sidewall to see when the tire was manufactured. This is included in the Department of Transportation (DOT) number that is embossed on the tire. For example, in the last section of the DOT number, the very last two digits indicate the year the tire was manufactured and the preceding two digits represent the week. The DOT numbers are used by the Department of Transportation to help track the tire in case of a recall.
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