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While they were required to provided the same information as today’s tires, the week and year the tire was produced was contained in the last three digits.

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If you’re driving on a tire with this format, it’s time to retire it.

Example of a tire manufactured before 2000 with the earlier Tire Identification Number format: While the previous Tire Identification Number format identified that a tire was built in the 8th year of a decade, there was no universal identifier that confirmed which decade (tires produced in the 1990s may have a small triangle following the Tire Identification Number to identify the decade). Most tire manufacturer’s warranties cover their tires for four years from the date of purchase or five years from the week the tires were manufactured.

So if you purchase new tires that were manufactured exactly two years ago they will be covered for a total of six years (four years from the date of purchase) as long as you have your receipt.

If you lose your receipt, your tires’ warranty coverage will end five years from the week the tire was produced (resulting in the tire manufacturer’s warranty coverage ending only three years from the date of purchase in this example).

But the manufacturers don’t make it easy on you to figure this out.

It turns out that tires have cryptic codes on them.Some retailers were selling tires as old as 12 years!You have to wonder how much of this is corporate mandate versus ignorance.I thought it was all in the tread and visible cracking.I also had no idea that tires have a manufacture date stamped on them.It pays to be an informed consumer, both in terms of finance and safety.

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