I was speaking to a guy I've known for best part of 40 years. He is retired now and lives in the centre of town, he goes walking every day to stay fit. Now I've only seen him in his car once in the five years we have been near neighbours. Holiday wise he and his wife spend most of their time in France touring in his trusty Volvo.
Anyway he saw I had swapped my S40 new shape Volvo back to a Focus, and asked how I was finding it. Obviously with the weather we were having I said it was not as good as my S40 in the snow. OK the Focus does not have traction control, but I reckoned the Marangoni Verso tyres must be crap.
[b]Anyway he told me his 12 year old S40 Volvo was still on it's original tyres.[/b] I expressed my concerns as I'd read some where tyres degrade with age, and can become life threatening. Anyway he is off on his travels again, but he stopped to tell me he was on new tyres all round.
[url="http://20somethingfinance.com/how-old-are-your-tires-your-safety-may-depend-on-the-answer/"]Here is a very interesting article complete with video[/url] discussing how [especially in the USA] they are selling up to fourteen year old tyres as "new" Whilst there is in the UK a recommendation that tyres should not be sold if they are over six years old. But I cannot find any legal requirement that this is indeed the case, anybody else know any different?
Mine were made in the 24th week of 2008, and two are due for renewal shortly
Edit: Talking to the guy again this week [back end of October 2010] turns out he had at some time renewed the fronts, but the rears had been on since new.