How to Read the Tire Date Code?
Look at the sidewall of your tire – there will be a code following the letters “DOT” – for Department of Transportation. There will be up to 13 characters that give you the information you need to identify your tire and also identify the date of manufacture of your tires.
7-12 Character TIN
- The first two characters will be a code that represents the assigned plant code for the manufacturer.
- The next one to two characters represent the tire size code.
- The next grouping can be no more than four characters that are designated by the manufacturer with their internal codes for the specific construction of that tire. Because these characters are optional for the manufacturer, the TIN can be any length up to a maximum of twelve characters.
- The final four digits, for any tire made since the year 2000, are the tire date code and represent the date of manufacture. The first two of these digits designates the week of the year the tires were made, and the final two digits are the last two digits of the year of manufacture. (For example, 1319 means the thirteenth week of 2019.)
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