Where Tires / Tyres are made
With the globalisation of the tire industry it is very difficult to know where tires are made. Not all Goodyear tires are made in America. Michelin sources its tires from all five continents. So too does Bridgestone. However, there is a way to find out exactly where a tire has been made, regardless of the brand name.
Every tire made anywhere in the world has a code showing where and when it was made. This is the DOT code and it is embossed on the sidewall though you may have to look carefully to find it.
A spreadsheet explaining DOT Tire / Tyre Codes
The code is 11 or 12 digits long and begins with DOT (Department of Transport). The next two numbers or letters are the plant code that identify the factory where the tire was manufactured. The last four numbers in the code represent the week and year when the tire was made. All the other numbers in between are used at the discretion of the manufacturer to make a record for their own use. This download will enable you to find out exactly when and where a tire was made.
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