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Another tire aging report, another scathing attack

Posted on February 27, 2014

Tire aging is an easy attention grabber for local television news stations, especially during sweeps month.

ABC affiliate Channel 5 in Cleveland, Ohio, ran a piece on Feb. 26, 2014, that followed true to similar reports ABC has been running across the country for years. The report sensationalized the issue.

Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich wants to set the record straight -- or at least straighter. In his latest blog, he explains some of the problems with taking the easy road. "Dumping on the tires and tire manufacturers is a short cut," he says. "There is more to the story than 'Old tire blows, driver dies.' Is it tragic? Absolutely. Is the cause and effect accurate? Not necessarily."

To read Ulrich's point-counterpoint with the report, check out "Tire aging: 6 years? 10 years? It's time to make a decision."

Have you ever had any problems with an old tire? Do we need an expiration date? If so, how long should a tire be allowed in service?

Let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

Related Topics: ABC, B.O.B., Tire aging

Comments ( 5 )
  • Jon

     | about 4 years ago

    Ever since this contoversy has existed I have had a one man campaign to have people use their spare in place of buying a new tie 1 instead of 2 or 3 instead of 4. If they don't use their real spare they will lose it if they don't use it because the clock is always ticking on the unused spare.

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