Tire failures, blowouts and de-treads are foreseeable and preventable events. Manufacturers know that tire treads will wear with proper use and at some point, tires will fail if not serviced properly and replaced after their intended period of use has expired. However, until very recently, consumers were provided little or no information about tire expiration. Even now, many people are unaware that this is a critical part of tire safety.
When researching the issue of tire safety, it is easy to find information about such issues as tire pressure, how to check for tread wear, when to balance and rotate tires, and even information about appropriate tire size for various vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) even publishes a helpful brochure about tire safety, titled “Tire Safety: Everything Rides on It.” (copy then paste in your browser: http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/tiresafety/ridesonit/images/one.pdf)