Question: How old can a DOT tire be?

Six years from the date of manufacture, most tires are no longer safe for use on a vehicle.

Do commercial tires have an expiration date?

Tire makers continue to insist that expiration dates are not necessary, yet, nearly all passenger and light truck tire warranties expire at six years. Some tire retailers have also adopted the tire age recommendations and will not service vehicles with tires that are beyond the manufacturers age recommendation.

Do unused tires expire?

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) says tires expire in six years. The British Rubber Manufacturers Association “strongly recommends” that all tires should be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture and that unused tires should not be put into service if they are more than six years old.

Can you drive with 8 year old tires?

Old tires are dangerous, regardless of tread depth. 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.

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