Aged Tires

California Aged Tires Attorneys

Aged Tires Are Dangerous Tires

Unlike fine wine, tires do not get better with age. A tire that looks brand new and has little if any mileage on it can fall apart on the road and cause accidents that result in life-altering injuries and fatalities.

The attorneys of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, are leaders in defective tire litigation, including cases involving aged tires. Our legal team has the experience, resources and skill to pursue compensation for damages caused by manufacturers' and tire dealers' failure to warn consumers of the safety risks posed by tire age.

Early Knowledge of Tire Age Problems

As early as the mid-1980s, studies in Germany found that tires were more likely to fail if they were six years old or older. By the 1990s, BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Toyota all began warning vehicle owners to change the tires after six years, regardless of tread depth or wear.

American tire manufacturers have known of the safety risks associated with aged tires for years, but failed to take action to protect consumers. They opposed any government investigations into the link between tire age and tire failure.

American auto and tire manufacturers did not admit what they had long known until 2005: Tires degrade over time. Today most tire makers and auto manufacturers recommend that tires be replaced after six years.

How Old Are Your Tires?

Check the manufacture date on your tires, including the spare tire. Look for the letters "DOT" on the sidewall, near the tire rim. The first two numbers or letters after DOT indicate the plant where the tire was made. The last four numbers specify the week and year the tire was created. For example, 2202 means the tire was made in the 22nd week of 2002. If the tire was manufactured before 2000, there will only be three numbers — the first two for the week of manufacturer and the last digit for the year. A tire with the number 339 indicates that the tire was manufactured in the thirty-third week of 1999.

Are Those New Tires Really New?

Be sure to check the manufacture date when you purchase new tires. For value and safety, you don't want to buy tires that have been sitting on the shelf for years. It's also important to check the age of tires on any new or used vehicle you purchase including the spare tire. Many accidents have occurred when a spare tire that has never been used is placed on a vehicle years after its date of manufacture.

Christine Spagnoli recently testified about a bill currently pending in the 2009 California State Legislature, A.B. 496, introduced by Assemblyman Mike Davis, which would require tire sellers to notify consumers about the hazards of old tires. We encourage you to contact your state legislator to ask them to support this important consumer protection legislation.

If you believe a tire problem caused an accident that seriously injured you or a member of your family, please contact the attorneys of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP. Our tire defect lawyers represent clients in the Los Angeles area and throughout Southern California.

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