Always worth checking your tyres (tires)

How old are the tyres on your car ?… Do you know ?… Do you really know ?
It seems obvious when you think about it but tyres are made of rubber, and rubber slowly perishes.
Tyres that you may think you are buying as “new” may not have been used, but that does not make them safe to use if they have been sitting on the shelf for years.
Well done Cheri for pointing this one out.
http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4826897 (with a commercial at the start, of course)
Oh, and the inference in the report (from 2008) is that British drivers are aware of this dating system… take it from me, it is not common knowledge !
Y’all take care now.

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5 Responses to “Always worth checking your tyres (tires)”

  1. Kristy Says:

    I saw something about ‘new’ tires and that some places sell very old and dangerous ones. Fortunately I discovered that shortly before buying a new set about a year and a half ago. I’ll have to bone up on it before we replace them this winter. Scary to think you could be endangering yourself and your family when you’re doing something that should keep everyone safer.

    But it’s just more proof of where the world has been heading for a long time. Profits above everything else…

    • honorarynewfie Says:

      Yes, it’s just money above everything these days, isn’t it ?
      What amazes me is that it’s actually legal to sell them. Selling food that’s past its sell by date would bring prosecution, but the result for the consumer would probably only be an upset stomach.

  2. Kristy Says:

    Well…it’s not that the tire sellers wouldn’t face repercussions if the worst happens. But the worst that could happen with an old ‘new’ tire usually involves injury or death. I guess that’s not as big a concern as an upset stomach.

    Priorities are something else that needs some work in this country!

  3. c Says:

    Glad to pass this along. I certainly learned something from it.

    • honorarynewfie Says:

      Me too, I’ve found myself looking at other peoples tyres ever since…


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