Understanding Tire Warranties
Most tires are covered by a limited warranty that certifies the workmanship and quality. Limited warranties typically last 4 to 6 years from the purchase date, or until the original tread is work to 2/32nds of an inch.
Tire warranties vary based on the manufacturer. Each manufacturer sets the duration of the warranty from the date tires are purchased, or following the delivery of new vehicles. In order to establish proof of purchase when using your warranty, a sale's invoice or vehicle registration certificate is necessary. For situations where proof of ownership is not available, the week and year the tire was manufactured according to the DOT code branded on the sidewall will be used. Based on the DOT information, warranties will end 5 years from the week the tire was produced.
Treadlife and mileage warranties indicate a tires potential durability and are helpful for comparing tires during purchasing decisions. A treadlife warranty is only available to the original tire owner, and only with the vehicle used during the initial tire installation. You should be aware that treadlife and mileage warrantiesw are not available from every manufacturer or may only be available with specific tires.
Uniformity warranties cover issues including out-of-round tires and uneven weight distribution. If a new tire causes ride issues due to workmanship or materials, it will be noticeable and should be addressed as soon as possible. It's necessary to diagnose the problem quickly because uniformity warranties only cover the first year of service or the first 1/32-to 2/32 inch of treadwear.
Prior to leaving the factory, tires are thoroughly inspected by the manufacturer. As a result, manufacturers will not accept a request that all four tires are defective. Manufacturers insist the cause of the problem be isolated before attempting to exchange tires.
Workmanship and Materials Warranty
Tire warranties cover problems regarding the manufacturer's quality of workmanship or raw materials. A tire is under full warranty for the initial 25% of treadlife or the first year of ownership. If an issue occurs during htis time, the tire may ne exchanged free of charge. For the remainder of the warranty, the tire's value is prorated, meaning the customer would receive credit for the amount of wear left on the tire.
Road Hazard Warranty
Most tire issues do not result from faulty manufacturing. Instead, most problems are caused by road hazards like potholes and curbs, which can lead to cuts and punctures. Unfortunately, tire injuries caused by hazards are not typically backed by the manufacturer's limited warranty. There are a limited number of tires covered by road hazard warranties. Road Hazard warranties cover almost anything that could puncture or damage your tires. Some Road Hazard programs also provide nationwide coverage and free rotations and balancing.
For specific warranty questions regarding your tires, visit your tire manufacturer's website to review the warranty information or contact a customer service representative.