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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.

Stevo

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