You can either obtain a free Tire Facts Report from this website or you can do it the old-fashioned way. Simply type in the full DOT code from your tire and instantly receive a free Tire Facts Report.
Mobile users can even download the free Tire Facts i Phone/i Pad app to check tires on the go.
No matter what decade it is, anything with a 3 digit date code is too old and would definitely be an unsafe tire to use.
For most tires, this expiration date should be six years from the date of manufacture.
The industry standard useable age limit for tires is 6 years, and we know of no manufacturer that will warranty any tire older than that.
Therefore, because it is a safety issue, we recommend against using any tire more than six years old, and we cannot service them.
This is because tires are made mostly of rubber, and rubber degrades with age.
Sunlight, heat, ice, and general wear and tear can accelerate the breakdown of a tire.
Because this process occurs naturally, it does not matter if a tire is being used, stored as a spare, or simply waiting on a store shelf for an unsuspecting consumer. A 2006 survey showed that only 4% of consumers are aware that tires become more dangerous as they age.