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Old tires can mean danger on the road

January 24, 2004

Albany --Do you know how old your tires are? They may look new, but they could be potentially dangerous. Tires that are on the road and even those sitting in your trunk degrade over time. The internal belts lose their adhesion and the tire tread starts to separate. Experts say there are things to look for. "You should inspect the tread of your tires and bring them in a shop if your feel them slide," says Chad Pickle of Good Year Tires.

Experts say look for the Department of Transportation code on the sidewall of your tire. Tires made after July 2000 have a four digit code. The first two number tell you the week of the year the tire was made the last two tell you the year. Experts say a tire six years or older should never be used.

posted at 4:50PM by scott.hunter@walb.com