Ticking Time Bomb – Aged Tires Sold as ‘New’ by Big Retailers

Age tires has led to tragic endings for unsuspecting motoristsAged Tires: A Hidden Danger on the Road?
Contrary to popular belief, you can’t judge a tire by its cover. Researchers and most experts agree that tire age is also crucial to your safety on the road.
This tire was bought as new — it has never been on the road — but was nearly 14 years old when purchased. Despite its deep treads, this tire’s inside layers have been slowly decomposing and drying out, what experts say make it like “a ticking time bomb.”

Aged tires have a higher potential for dramatic tread separation, which in many cases has led to tragic endings for unsuspecting motorists. Braugh says his lawsuits on behalf of dozens of victims have uncovered a pattern of corporate neglect and government inaction on the issue of aging tires. 

Here is the Full Story.  Also check out the photo interactive and deciphering the cryptic code on your tires that may save you life.  Even better, you can watch the full 20/20 episode here.

The Beef …

I actually saw this broadcast a couple weeks ago, and after recalling the story in a conversation with a colleague, it occurred to me that it was worth spreading the word on the beefs.   Although I’m not entirely convinced that the age of tires alone is the cause of deadly accidents, there definitely seems to be some mishandling, if not wrong doing by the tire industry.   The fact alone that tire dating is cryptic, is an obvious red flag to me that the public is being intentionally mislead.  And even more troubling that the general public would be denied critical information about the product they are purchasing, especially considering what’s potentially at stake … the lives of you and your loved ones.  Tires sitting on the shelves for five, ten, and even fifteen years, dry rotting from the inside out, and then being sold to the unsuspecting consumer.  This is simply unacceptable.  I agree with one of the interviewee’s on the show .. give yourself and you family the benefit of the doubt, and check your tires.



9 comments so far

  1. Chase on

    This is pretty pathetic, and an example of really poor marketing communications. There is really no excuse, especially because old rubber can be recycled in a number of ways.

  2. Cecil Jones on

    Dry Rot is about just as exciting as choosing a pants suit for Hillary. This is an non issue and here’s why. New tires are sold with a warranty. If the tires are destroyed, you get them replaced. I say, “Give me rotten tires.” If they fail I get a new set, a new car, free medical for life, and maybe a cash settlement. If I’m lucky, I won’t have to worry about fixing social security, ending the war, or picking the first Black or Female President. Dry rot is a gift from Dr. Kevorkian that could be like hitting the lottery if I survive. Kick you tires and focus on things that truly matter? When it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Bye!

  3. Stevo on

    Cecil, every salesman in America would love to have you as a customer. Not to mention every ambulance chasing lawyer. The mortician, funeral director, and gravedigger are standing in line too. But at end, they can only cash in on you once. Speaking for bloggers everywhere, we need you alive and kicking … so kick those tires, check the air pressure, get them balanced, the front end aligned, and then just leave it parked in the garage … at least until the election year is over :)

  4. Cecil Jones on

    Stevo, any purchacing decision is like sitting on a jury. You listen to the evidence, take some time to think, and follow the Judge’s instructions. Nobody wants me as a customer because I’m a former Army recruiter and I am an expert at “Higher Authority.” No salesmen in America loves me. Morticians send me information because some people can’t wait to see me “Face Down.” I do need health care so “Seller Beware.” On the political tip, how will South Park impact this election cycle? All that stuff they sell us must go somewhere.

  5. Gabe on

    This is a sad display. If the tires dont sell, send them back, not hard. Besides they must pull a fast one on the customers because i can tell if my tires i bought were 15 years old. I can’t believe this story got this far, it should have been taken care of by the companies before it was brought to media light. Other than that, i’m with Cecil LoL.

  6. Carol on

    Cecil, you funny. Steve, you too.

    I’m going into Sears this morning because one of my ‘new’ tires looks brownish in spots, and I think it may be a sign of one of those old tires sold as new. I’m gonna ask ’em anyway.

    Cheers everybody.

  7. Susan on

    If people choose to deliberately scam others into buying old tires as new ones, then what’s the point? It doesn’t matter which is more logical; that person was simply lied to! And plus, old tires are dangerous. They could get you in a car accident, or worse, get you injured. And for those who can’t afford it, it’s hard! Also, who wants to go through the hassle? Faulty tires/old tires being sold as new is just not right!

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