Every tyre has an expiry date after which it is supposed to be replaced , lest it risks a blow-out! The life span of a tyre from the date of manufacture is four years.
Now, how do you know the date a tyre was manufactured?
It is written on the tyre as four digits!
The first two digits represent the week, while the last two is the year of manufacture.
Please note that the four digits stand alone, not added to any alphabet. Some manufacturers place the asterics sign (*) before and after the four digits , while others simply encycle it.
So, 1612 means that the tyre was manufactured on the 16th week ( last week of April ) in the year 2012. The tyre will therefore expire on the 16th week of 2016.
You may therefore have bought "brand new" tyre which has since EXPIRED or just about to expire!
Some manufacturers however don't state the date of manufacture on their tyres, breaching the estacode thereof. This is common among the "Made in China" brands.
Buying a tyre devoid of manufacturing date is like swallowing a pill without an expiry date. A burst tyre puts the life of all the occupants of the vehicle in jeopardy!
Check you tyres today.