Tyre Age & Warranty
Tyre manufacturers mark the sidewall of their tyres with the date of manufacture. You will typically find an oval with 4 digits indicating when the tyre was manufactured. The first two digits indicate the week in which it was manufactured the next two the year of manufacture. For example, a tyre manufactured in the 5th week of 2019 would read 0519.
In the below image the tyre is marked 0907 indicating production in week 9 of 2007.
Tyres do not have an expiry date. As a guide, the manfacturers production date plus 5 years could be considered to be a "best before" date. Many factors can influence the lifespan of a tyre including storage, frequency of use, maintenance, application, climate, all of which can contribute to premature removal or failure of your tyres.
An obvious indicator that your tyres may need replacing due to age and are at risk of failure is cracking or crazing on the sidewall and within the tread area, often experienced on trailer and caravan tyres.
Your safety is a priority and the condition of your tyres can negatively impact on your wellbeing.
In the past South African tyre manufacturers warranted their product against manufacturing defect for a period of up to 5 years from date of manufacture. Recent changes to manufacturer websites indicate that this may no longer be the true and it is worth your effort to investigate what the specific warranty is on each product before making a purchase decision.
Many of the imported tyre websites indicate their warranty terms however some do not.
There is no known regulation in place on tyre warranties. Tyre warranties are a competitive factor, as with all other warranted products. Tyres do not expire when their warranty period is over. Imagine being forced to replace your car, or your car battery, just because the warranty expired.
Most manufacturers have very low warranty claim rates (hundredth's of a percent). Modern tyres are manufactured in high tech environments, literally with laser precision and with stringent quality control measures in place. There is always a possibility that your tyre may fail as a result of a manufacturing defect but the likelyhood of this is low. It is more likely that your tyre will fail as a result of operational conditions, poor maintenance or abuse.
In the instance of a tyre failure take advantage of our obligation free Tyre Assistant service, submit photo's of your tyre to us for evaluation and we will provide you with an opinion as to the possible reason for failure. Alternatively you can take the tyre to your local dealer or the manufacturers local office so that they may inspect and determine the cause of failure. Ultimately any claim for tyre failure will have to be assessed by the product manufacturer.
In the event of a tyre failure and deflation, it is important that you stop the vehicle as soon as is safely possible. Not only is it extremely unsafe to operate with an underinflated tyre but running on an underinflated tyre will cause further damage, making determining the cause of failure much more difficult as the tyre construction degrades.