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Old 09 Dec 2009, 02:16 pm
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Here's an interesting video from 20/20. I certainly didn't know this and I think I will go out and see if I can get the date from my tires

(there is a commercial first, before yoou get to the story)


Aged Tires: A Driving Hazard? - ABC News
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Old 09 Dec 2009, 03:01 pm
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I saw that posted a while ago.
I didn't know of it, either.
In one of the few cases where congress does something good and makes them put the date on a tire, and we don't know of it....
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Old 09 Dec 2009, 03:43 pm
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I checked my tires when I went out and the date code was on the outside. Mine was 3406 so that's pretty good for an 07 car.

I'd hate to think what the date on my MGB's tires are. I know they are old, but I won't worry untill the spring. And by then I'll have forgotten all about this.

I've never heard anything about this in Canada, so I wonder if we've done anything about it
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The aged tire problem is much, much worse in hot climates.
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Old 10 Dec 2009, 03:29 am
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The aged tire problem is much, much worse in hot climates.
I would think the sun and UV would do a job on breaking down the rubber.
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There are multiple problems. Sun and UV as you mentioned eat a tire alive. Increased highway temperature tend to reduce the adhesion of the rubber to the fabric and the steel. Underinflation makes it much worse.
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If you want to look at a similare issue?
check out the Chinese valve problems.
Then go look carefully at your valve stems.
Scary stuff.

ConsumerReports.org - Recalls and safety alerts, faulty tire valve stems
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