Tires Display 'Birth Dates' But Industry Opposes Expiration Dates

AND LOVED ONES IN THEIR PRAYERS BUT AGAIN YOU CAN TELL THEY ARE HEAVILY GRIEVING RIGHT NOW TRYING TO LOOK FOR ANSWERS AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED TO TYLER SKAGGS. VERY DIFFICULT MOMENT. IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO JUMP IN THE CAR FOR THE WEEKEND YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO DOUBLE CHECK YOUR TIRES.

UNDERCOVER ONES FOR JUSTICE INVESTIGATION FOUND STORES ACROSS DFW ARE SELLING AGING TIRES LONG AFTER CONSUMER ADVOCATES SAY THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN TOSSED OUT. CONSUMER INVESTIGATOR ALANNA AUTLER JOINING US NOW. WHAT DOES THE AGE OF A TIRE MEAN AND WHY DOES THAT MATTER? BELIEVE IT OR NOT TIRES CAN ACTUALLY EXPIRE. THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A MECHANIC TO FIGURE OUT WHEN. Reporter: BEFORE LOSING CONTROL OF HER JEEP, THE LAST THING DANIELLE ESCALANTE HEARD WAS A POP. AS MY SON DETAILED, WE HIT THE WALL AND I SAID, OH, CRAP. AND HE SAID WE ROLLED THREE TIMES. Reporter: ESCALANTE BROKE HER COLLARBONE AND FRACTURED HER BACK. ACCORDING TO THE INCIDENT REPORT, THE BACK TIRE ON HER JEEP BLEW OUT ON THE GEORGE BUSH TURNPIKE. EVEN THOUGH ESCALANTE SAYS SHE NEVER HIT ANYTHING, SHE SAYS SHE JUST BOUGHT THE USED JEEP THE YEAR BEFORE WITH WHAT SHE THOUGHT WERE NEW TIRES. IT'S FAIR TO SAY YOU DON'T KNOW HOW OLD THOSE TIRES WERE. MAYBE THOSE TIRES WERE NOT EVEN NEW, MAYBE THEY HAD BEEN SITTING THERE. Reporter: THEY SURVIVED BUT THAT SAME YEAR, IN 2017, FEDERAL SAFETY REGULATORS SAID 738 PEOPLE DIED IN TIRE RELATED CRASHES.

JUST LIKE FOOD, MEDICINE OR MAKEUP, TIRES CAN EXPIRE. ACCORDING TO THE NON-INJURY TRAFFIC COLLISION, TIRES SHOULD BE REPLACED EVERY SIX YEARS REGARDLESS OF USE. TIRES HAVE A SHELF LIFE AND THEY WILL START TO DRY ROT OVER TIME.

ESPECIALLY IF A TIRE IS NOT USED OFTEN ENOUGH. MARK MORGELLO RUNS THE GARAGE IN ADDISON. HE SAYS TEXAS DRIVERS FACE ANOTHER RISK. HEAT. ON THE MORNING OF ESCALANTE'S CRASH, IT WAS 95 DEGREES. THE TEMPERATURE GOES UP SIGNIFICANTLY AND IF THE TIRE IS NOT RATED FOR HIGH HEAT, THEY WON'T HANDLE IT, THEY CAN DAMAGE A TIRE ESPECIALLY CHEAPER TIRES. Reporter: EVERY SINGLE TIRE HAS A BIRTHDATE. EVERY SINGLE PERSON IS ABLE TO CHECK. THIS PARTICULAR TIRE IS DATED THE 3515 WHICH MEANS THIS TIRE WAS MANUFACTURED THE 35th WEEK OF 2015.

Reporter: THOSE DIGITS ARE THE LAST FOUR NUMBERS OF THE D.O.T. CODE LISTED ON THE SIDE WALL OF THE TIRE. HERE IS ANOTHER ONE. THIS ONE HERE IS MANUFACTURED ON THE 46th WEEK OF 2017. Reporter: JUST HOW OFTEN DO STORES FOLLOW THAT SIX-YEAR RECOMMENDATION? THE ONES FOR JUSTICE FOUND AGING TIRES BEING SOLD AT PLACES ACROSS DFW. REMEMBER IF WE ARE GOING BY THE NATIONAL RECOMMENDATION, ANYTHING OLDER THAN 2013 IS NO GOOD. IN PLANO, TWO DIFFERENT USED TIRE STORES WERE SELLING TIRES FROM 2011. ANOTHER DISPLAYED TIRES FROM 2012 AND 2008. AT THIS USED TIRE SHOP IN SOUTH DALLAS, WE SPOTTED TIRES FROM 2011 AND 2009. THIS PLACE IN EAST DALLAS FARED NO BETTER. AMONG TIRES FROM 2012 AND 2009, WE ALSO FOUND TIRES FROM 2006 AND 2002. YES, THAT IS A 17-YEAR-OLD TIRE. THOSE WERE USED TIRES STORES BUT WHAT ABOUT BIG-BOX RETAILERS? WE SORTED THROUGH TO SAM'S CLUBS AND A WALMART IN NORTH TEXAS. ALL TIRES PAST THE AGE TEST. BUT SEARS WAS A DIFFERENT STORY. AT THE MESQUITE LOCATION WE FOUND A 2011 TIRE, A 2013 TIRE AT THE FT. WORTH STORE AND AT THIS YEAR'S IN ARLINGTON, A SALESMAN WENT BEYOND THE RECOMMENDATION. RECOMMENDED EVERY FIVE. Reporter: EVEN THOUGH A 6- YEAR-OLD TIRE WAS ON DISPLAY JUST FEET AWAY. IN A STATEMENT A SPOKESPERSON FOR SEARS SAYS OUR POLICY IS THAT WE WILL NOT SELL TIRES OLDER THAN SIX YEARS. OUR PROCESSES REQUIRE TECHNICIANS TO CHECK THE AGE OF THE TIRE BEFORE INSTALLING IT ON A VEHICLE. NOW EVERY DAY BEFORE GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL, ESCALANTE CHECKS HER TIRES. SHE SAYS HER LIFE DEPENDS ON IT. CHECK WHAT YOU BUY BECAUSE YOU JUST NEVER REALLY KNOW. Reporter: THE U.S. TIRE MANUFACTURER ASSOCIATION SAYS AGE ISN'T THE ONLY FACTOR THAT DETERMINES A TIRE'S LIFE. STORAGE CONDITIONS AND TIRE PRESSURE ALSO PLAY A ROLE. THIS STORY TODAY WAS ABOUT THE MARKINGS THAT EVERY TIRE HAS IN COMMON BUT TONIGHT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT EVERY SINGLE TIRE LACKS. ADVOCATES SAY IT'S POSING A HUGE SAFETY RISK. PART TWO. WE ARE GOING TO BE WATCHING TONIGHT AT 10:00. THANK YOU. THE ONES FOR JUSTICE TEAM WORK FOR YOU. .

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