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If Your Vehicle Uses Tires, You Have To Watch This.


I came upon a startling story from 20/20 that should be required watching for everyone who uses tires.


If you take the time and follow up by checking your tires, you could save your or a family member’s life.

Checking the tire:

Before 2000, the date code had three digits. Since 2000, it has had four. The first two digits are the week of the year (01 = the first week of January). The third digit (for tires made before 2000) is the year (1 = 1991). For most tires made after 2000, the third and fourth digits are the year (04 = 2004).

In the photo above, the date code is 8PY806. The 8PY is a manufacturing shift code, and the date the tire was actually made was 0806, which is the 8th week (08)in the year 2006 (06).

Take the time to watch the story and then go out and check those tires.


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  1. John Hopkins says:
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    Mike: thanks for this very informative post. I had seen, but forgotten about the ABC segment. This is a great example of dangerous knowledge on the part of an industry and a complete failure to disseminate that knowledge to the public in a meaningful way.

  2. Mike Bryant says:
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    Thanks to both of you for reading and commenting. I agree the information is eye opening. The new /old tires is scary and hopefully the message will get out.