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'New' winter tires can be 3 or 4 years old

Don't Waste Your Money
Posted: 6:11 PM, Jan 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-19 23:35:37Z

The past few weeks, drivers in northern states have been buying snow tires, or winter tires as they are typically called these days.
    
But after two warm winters, some of those tires may have been sitting in the store for years, as one Northern Kentucky man found out.

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How old is that tire?

Dan Decker recently blew a tire on his Toyota pickup, on the winter tires he purchased just a couple of months ago.

Luckily, he and the truck were fine. But he couldn't believe what he saw when he looked closely.

"That prompted me to look at the date on my tires," he said,  "and they were manufactured 3 and half years before I purchased them:"

He says the date code left no doubt. "These tires were manufactured on the 24th week of 2014," he said.

Decker says his summer tires were also made in 2014, but he doesn't mind that because he's been driving on them for 3 years.

The problem is that he just bought new winter tires that are already more than 3 years old.

Shops have different polices, no laws

Troy Cox of AAA/Bob Sumerel says his chain tries not to sell tires more than a year or two old. "Optimally, we always to sell our tires within the first year, a year and a half, that is the best," he said.

However, there are no laws setting limits. So it's up to you to check.

"Every tire, on the side of the tire, has a born on date," Cox said.

If you look on the sidewall, he says, you see that a tire on display in their shop says "4117."  That means it was made the 41st week of 2017, this past October.

After we contacted management, the shop where Dan Decker bought his tires agreed to give Decker a new tire at half price to replace the damaged one. We are not naming them because although the tires were 3 years old, the shop did not violate any laws.

Decker thinks customers should be alerted. "I think there should be some law about at least disclosing the dates on tires, when they were made, upfront," he said.

Auto makers say tires should be replaced after 7 years, meaning a 3 and half year old tire is halfway through that tire's suggested life.

But with two recent warm winters, winter and snow tires did not sell well, until this year.  So check those dates, and don't waste your money.

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