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Brand new michelins with 2008 date code

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If you can buy brand new michelin's that have never been installed, and still have the stickers on them but have a 2008 date code,  for $100 a piece, would you run them? I know for a fact they have never seen sunlight.

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If not used, tires last for 6-10 years, depending on the storage and environmental conditions. Overall, the time limits for stored tires are much the same as for tires that are being used. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and official manufacturers suggest a tire is only 100% safe to use until it turns 5-6 years old. However, some admit that a tire can be operable up to 10 years if you check it for issues annually after the 5th year.

https://www.utires.com/articles/how-long-do-tires-last-if-not-used/#:~:text=Overall%2C the time limits for,turns 5-6 years old.

After five years or more in use, your tires should be thoroughly inspected at least once per year by a professional. If the tires haven't been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture, as a precaution, Michelin recommends replacing them with new tires.

https://www.michelinman.com/auto/auto-tips-and-advice/tire-buying-guide/when-do-i-need-new-tires#:~:text=After five years or more,per year by a professional.&text=If the tires haven't,replacing them with new tires.

The above comes from Michelin.  Many have stated the common sense and generally accepted standards.  Suggest that you contact Michelin for a more complete technical answer.

Bottom line, these tire are unsafe at any speed....to paraphrase Mr. Nader. It is NOT RECOMMEND that you run them. The decision, as well as the liability, is yours, but if there were an accident and the public information posted here was used in the due diligence of a legal proceeding, then there may be issues of "validity of coverage" from your insurance carrier due to knowingly installing or having improper or unsafe components on the vehicle.


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