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How old are your tires?

Your tires may be the most important pieces of safety equipment on your vehicle. If they're not in good condition, you're just waiting for an accident to happen.

But the old trick of checking your tread depth with a coin isn't enough anymore. Now, manufacturers say the age of your tire is just as important.

The problem is oxidation -- air, heat and sunlight all cause the rubber in tires to break down. That's why car companies now suggest never driving on tires older than 6 years. Some tire manufacturers give a slightly longer window, recommending that tires be replaced before 10 years.

How to find the date your tire was made:

Look for the "DOT" number. It's a long series of numbers and letters on one side of the tire. Then look for the last four digits, which represent the week and year of manufacture.

For example, if the last four digits of the "DOT" number are 2312, then the tire was made in the 23rd week of 2012.

If it's older than 6 years, replace it.

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