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    Post 20/20 Old Tires sold as NEW

    Forum Peeps ! I just watched a shocking 20/20 special over tires !!
    At one Sears retail center, they found tires as old as 1996 !!

    Read this link !

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sec...rld&id=6132839

    An ABC News hidden camera investigation found tires as old as 12 years old for sale.
    ABC News undercover cameras found tires made 12 years ago for sale

    JOSEPH RHEE and ASA ESLOCKER
    Some of the biggest tire retailers in the U.S. are selling tires that are well beyond the age limit recommended by consumer groups and some automakers, according to the results of a hidden camera investigation by "20/20" and ABC affiliates around the country.

    Research and tests show that as tires age, they begin to dry out and become potentially dangerous, leading to calls for a six-year age limit for tires from Ford Motor Co. and other car companies.

    "20/20" teamed up with our ABC News affiliates to see if tires older than six years were being sold as "new" by major tire retailers. Unlike most consumers, we knew how to read the industry's convoluted date code, which reveals the week and year when a tire was made.

    Coverage of the full investigation was scheduled to air Friday at 9 p.m. on ABC's '20/20.'


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    Nice find Billy

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    Check the age of your ST trailer tires.

    Trailer tire inventory often turns over more slowly, so 'new' tires can be older than you want them to be, before you even put them on your trailer.

    Since they tend to take a lot of abuse during towing (curbs, potholes, heavy loads), but don't get enough miles to wear out the tread, trailer tires can often 'look' good, but be well past their safe age limit.

    Last TWO digits of DOT code are the year of manufacture.
    The tire in the photo was manufactured during the 11th week of 2007 ==> 1107
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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Check the age of your ST trailer tires.

    Trailer tire inventory often turns over more slowly, so 'new' tires can be older than you want them to be, before you even put them on your trailer.

    Since they tend to take a lot of abuse during towing (curbs, potholes, heavy loads), but don't get enough miles to wear out the tread, trailer tires can often 'look' good, but be well past their safe age limit.

    Last TWO digits of DOT code are the year of manufacture.
    The tire in the photo was manufactured during the 11th week of 2007 ==> 1107

    +1 Good Point ! check the age of those trailer tires ! I think you should make a separate post in the Trailers safety section of the forum, I'll make it a sticky !

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    Quote Originally Posted by RX951 View Post
    +1 Good Point !
    check the age of those trailer tires !
    I think you should make a separate post in the Trailers safety section of the forum,
    I'll make it a sticky !
    Posted in the Towing Maintenance section.

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