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Taken from thesaftyreport.com on Tire Shelf Life
.......Most new tires made today are estimated to last between 60,000 and 80,000 miles. But more important than mileage is the actual age of the tire. The NHTSA recommends tires be replaced every six years, regardless of mileage or use............
........Another area where consumers need to be vigilant about tire age is when purchasing new tires. Most tire and auto manufacturers provide recommendations for “shelf life” of new tires ranging from six to 10 years – four years past the NHTSA’s recommended safety limit. A tire retailer or auto dealership also may keep a tire in inventory for several years before installing it on a car. As a result, the consumer will not receive a “brand new” tire at the beginning of its shelf life. For this reason, it is important to check the manufacture date to calculate how long the tire should be safe to drive and to ensure that tires past their expiration date are not installed on your vehicle. ........
...........Today, the number is usually printed on the outside sidewall, close to the rim / hubcap. The number is preceded by the letters “DOT,” which stands for U.S. Department of Transportation and indicates that the tire meets all federal standards. This is followed by two numbers or letters that are a code for where the tire was manufactured.
Following the manufacturer ID numbers or letters is the code that provides information about the tire’s age. Since the year 2000 the date code has four digits. The first two digits indicate the week the tire was made (01 = first week of the year); the third and fourth digits are the year (04 = 2004). So if the date code reads 0806, the tire was manufactured in the eighth week of 2006. [Note: For tires manufactured prior to 2000, the date code only includes three digits. The first two still indicate the week of the year the tire was made, and the third digit indicates the year in which the tire was made. So 087 indicates the tire was made in the eighth week of 1997 but 0807 is the eighth week of 2007........................
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