Its a fact! Every tire has a date of birth – when it was manufactured – and expiry date; generally, six years from the time it rolled out of the TBS or Tire Building Machine. So, that old set of tires that have been sitting in the back of the garage are likely past their “best before” date.
How many years does a tire expire?
The British Tire Manufacturers Association highly suggest to change tires if its beyond 10 years old. The US NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) says 6 years.
Is it safe to use 10 year old tires?
While theres no federally sanctioned safety guidance on when a tire is too old to be safe, many carmakers recommend replacement at six years from the date of manufacture. Old tires have been the culprit in fatal accidents. An analysis of the used tire revealed that it was nearly 10 years old.
Is it bad to drive on expired tires?
Old tires can be dangerous, even if the tread appears to be okay. Because they are rubber products, tires have a limited service life, since tire rubber compounds deteriorate over time. Regardless of wear and mileage, cracks develop in the rubber as they age.
Do expired tires explode?
Tire blowouts are a relatively rare occurrence among modern passenger vehicles these days, but they can still happen. The main reasons why a tire explodes are the following: Overloaded vehicles on old, worn-out tires.
Is it OK to replace just 2 tires?
Following the routine rotations will optimize a tires tread life and will wear all four tires evenly. And when replacing only two, we recommend installing the new tires in the rear and placing the (older but still decent) rear tires in the front. This may help prevent a spinout or oversteer condition on slick roads.