There’s one thing that we ought to critically look out for any time we go shopping; the expiry dates of the products we buy. In the same way, checking the expiry date of your car tyre is equally important to avoid the risk of tyre failures like tread separation or blowout and flat tyres when least expected.
I know you wouldn’t want to take such a risk for anything. But wait! do you even know how to determine whether your tyre has expired or is still in good condition? Let’s take a moment to find out how together.
In this article, I will share with you how to check the expiry date of your car tyre for your own safety
To begin, note that tyres have an average of a 4-year validity period from their Date of Manufacture (DOM). After the period, the tyre expires and may burst whilst in use.
First, check for a stamp like this: (*1612*). Some tyres may be encircled instead of an asterisk at the beginning and end of this serial number.
The first two digits are the weeks and the other two digits the year so 1612 is 16th week in 2012. Therefore,
1612 (as shown in the picture above) indicates the particular tyre was manufactured in the 16th week of the year 2012 and expires on the 16th week (2nd week in April) of the year 2016.
It is, therefore, necessary to check all your tyres right now for safety purposes. Desist from using expired tyres. They are more likely to burst, especially when running in hot weather due to possible hardening and crack in the rubber component. Please do well to share and leave your comments in the comments section if you find this article helpful.