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I work for a TOYOTA SCION dealership and there is another piece of the puzzle that hasn't been mentioned here....

There are some folks who REFUSE to pay anything other than DISCOUNT prices for their tires. They get a quote from me of $112 for a FRESH responsibly stored tire and then argue that they saw the same tire at their local warehouse club for $22 less!!

Old sayings are usually steeped in some truth, and in this case the saying, "you get what you pay for" probably is applicable.

However, I do agree whole heartedly with the above poster that tire pressure, rotation, and multiple other factors could have played into this tragedy and many other misfortunes.

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Fun stuff to know.

But In Arizona you end up getting new tires every other year...
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There is actually a formula (persay) to reading when the tire was manufactured. I believe it tells the month and year. I was shown this once by a tire shop. If I can get that info I will post it.
That is actually IN the video and shown repeatedly.
It is the last digits of the DOT code. It is either a 3 or 4 digit number in what looks like a stamped box. It is designed (in the mold) to be changed weekly, so it is fairly easy to remove and replace creating the "box" in the code area.
The first 2 are the week of the year (1 to 52) and the last one (199_) or 2 (20__) indicates year of manufacture.

They CAN be on either side of the tire (depending on how mounted) and is fairly easy to find once you know what to look for. Like ANY coded info, it is easy once you know the code and a mystery if you don't know the meaning/format of the code.




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Fun stuff to know.

But In Arizona you end up getting new tires every other year...
As the tires I get tend to last 20,000-25,000 miles and that is about what I drive annually, I get tires about every year.
(It has been so for a decade on the Miata and probably will be so on the xB, as I plan on using the same type of rubber on both vehicles.)

One more thing:
Remember to check the age and pressure of your SPARE on each of your vehicles!
A flat spare is completely useless.
An old, age spare (from being stored in a HOT trunk for years on end) can also have issues too.

To quote Gene Shepherd:
"It was round and had once been made of rubber"
(A Christmas Story, in the tire change scene where Ralphy says "fudge")




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I don't know -- I agree the expose' wasn't balanced. I've always had multiple vehicles available to me and so I've always worn tires very slowly. I've never once had a tire failure for any reason other than road debris or a maintenance issue.

I've not only never had a tread separate from the casing, but I've never before heard of it happening on a non-retreaded tire -- except the one situation which the film director was using to "illustrate" their point on the expose'. Big rigs have regularly used retreads for many years (those big tires are very expensive. They are the source of the treads you find heaped by the side of the road. I'm not sure it's even possible to buy retreads anymore for passenger type vehicles -- though at one time decades ago it definitely was.

I'm inclined to agree that if tires are stored in the sun, they will be weakened (just like the tires on my bicycle). However, if protected from damaging UV and high temps, I can't imagine why there would be a problem. An interesting film, but anything but conclusive.
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