(WOIO) - You get in your car everyday probably never giving a second thought to your tires -- but you should. Forget the whole concept of getting better mileage if they're properly inflated. I'm talking about deadly accidents caused by bad tires that look just fine to your eyes.
It was a horrific accident last February when 30 high school baseball players and coaches were injured on a Louisiana highway. Four people in an SUV were killed, after the tread on the SUV's 10-year-old tires separated, causing the driver to spin out, cross the median, and slam into the school bus.
is getting involved in the tire age debate.
Some say aging tires, which may not show any visible wear and tear, can still be dangerous.
"If somebody gets killed or injured as a result of a product that looks perfectly fine, and yet the government knows it's not, and the industry knows it's not, that's wrong," says Sean Kane, of
Kane thinks manufacture dates need to be clear and visible, and old tires need to be off the road.
"In terms of informing consumers, it's terrible. It doesn't work. No one would know that that's a date code," he says, pointing to a tire.
The date the tire was manufactured is difficult to read, even for people who sell tires.