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May 13, 2014

ABC is running with its tire aging report

ABC News is reporting on tire aging again. And it is integrating the latest investigative report into its news coverage on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

According to the ABC report, spearheaded by Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, eight states have proposed laws that would limit tire usage based on the age of the tire. All eight have been defeated.

ABC says the special investigation will be run on "Good Morning America," "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline."

The story quotes two people intimately involved in the issue: Sean Kane, founder and president of Safety Research & Strategies Inc., and Dan Zielinski, senior vice president of public affairs for the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

Kane has long been a proponent of taking tires out of service -- whether the tire has been used or not -- after six years.

Zielinski and the RMA believe there should not be an age limit on tires. In the story, he describes the six-year time stamp as "arbitrary."

The story adds that the National Transportation Safety Board has launched its own investigation into "the hundreds of deaths each year from 'tire initiated events.'"

To read the report, co-authored by Cindy Galli and Randy Kreider, click here.

For more information on the issue, check out these links as well:

"Final words on tire aging."

"Tire aging: 6 years? 10 years? It's time to make a decision."

"Tire aging issue hits home: Should I replace 12-year-old tires?"

"TIA, RMA, others oppose MD. tire aging bill.

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  1. Tommy | May 13, 2014 at 11:51AM
    The answer seems too simple. Each tire should have an expiration date stamped on the tire, based on the materials and engineering involved. The research and liability for determining the expiration date should fall on each individual manufacturer. They engineered the product, they do or should know when the tire is not able to provide reliable and safety to the consumer.

  2. David | May 13, 2014 at 12:56PM
    Tommy, the answer is not that simple. What condition was the tire stored under? -40 in the winter or 130 in a closed up warehouse with no circulation under a skylight? Was it ever driven low on air? Did the customer who traded them in tell you how many psi it was driven on low and for how long? Was it ever overloaded? Was it exposed to ozone, sunlight, chemicals? The answer is that it should be based on a case by case finding depending on the above. But if you have the money, buy brand new with less than a year since the manufacture date.

  3. TONY | May 14, 2014 at 11:49AM
    You can not time stamp the consumer they will do what they want. The manufacture is not always to blame for tire failures. we the consumer are 90 % of the time, look in the mirror ABC executives. When is the last time you check the air pressure in limo or rotate your tires. Well neither does the rest of the world. I have been in the tire industry for 30 + years and its always the same old story. The TPMS was invented just for that reason because we do not have the time to check our own air pressure. and then the consumer was never educated on the cost to maintain it. Just like they wont with this so called time stamp on tires. I get at least 5 calls a day looking for used tires as it is. I can see it now Mr Smith it is time to replace you tires the time stamp ran out, even thou you 5/32 of legal tread and no signs of deterioration but the time stamp is up that will be $800.00. What do you think Mr Smith will do, I bet he stands there like a deer in the head lights. Again the consumer will not be educated by ABC or any other news agency for that matter on this time stamp. It will be dumped on the lonely old tire sales associate trying to put his pissed off customer at ease. Just like the TPMS system was with the consumer not being educated with the cost of maintaining the system. Do not get me wrong I am for doing the right thing, but lets not just make it happen for the wrong reasons. Because a newsman that probably goes into a tire store and says, I need the cheapest tire you got it's only for my kids car.

  4. Arnie | May 20, 2014 at 03:45PM
    I can't tell you how many times I have customers come in and say the same thing. They want the cheapest tires I can find, but then don't seem to understand why it doesn't come with a 50,000 mile warranty, life time balance & rotate and road hazard. There is a distinct lack of need to know information being passed on to the consumer. The only thing that gets any media attention is gloom & doom! A little consumer education makes for easier transactions at the sales counter and better understanding if they have an issue down the road.

  5. Arnie | May 21, 2014 at 07:25AM
    I can't tell you how many times I have customers come in and say the same thing. They want the cheapest tires I can find, but then don't seem to understand why it doesn't come with a 50,000 mile warranty, life time balance & rotate and road hazard. There is a distinct lack of need to know information being passed on to the consumer. The only thing that gets any media attention is gloom & doom! A little consumer education makes for easier transactions at the sales counter and better understanding if they have an issue down the road.

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