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Severe sidewall cracks on 3 year old tires?

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I have a set of low-profile Bridgstone Blizzaks that are only 3 years old. Always kept around 32 psi and never abused. I lost 2 of them on the highway within a week of eachother and upon examination found big cracks on the inner sidewalls of the other two. I have never seen this happen to a tire this young before, and the fact that it happened to all 4 makes me think it was an issue with the manufacturing process or a bad batch or rubber rather than something that I did wrong. I already dropped $500 to replace the two that blew, but i dont think that this should be happening. Anybody know if bridgestone has a warranty for something like this?
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Not sure if the warranty, but who did you buy them from? Even though you had them 3 years doesn't mean they weren't in a warehouse for several years under lousy condition
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I believe they came from town fair tire. I can check the DOT dates later and tell you exactly when they were manufactured.

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3 years isn't bad. How were you storing them?
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Dang those are deep cracks.... Looks almost like someone tried to slash them. Is it on both sides of every tire?
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only insides, but yes all four.
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3 years isn't bad. How were you storing them?
They were stored inside for most of the year, kept in a climate controlled basement. i'm just pissed because the set still had 80% of the tread left, but because of the sidewalls they are just really expensive scrap rubber.
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did you maybe hit something on the road that caused them to be cut like that?..did you put any kind of dressing on them to keep them from drying out?
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Unfortunately man that looks like a razor blade mark when tires separate that deeply its usually not that wiggly of a line they tend to crack along where the layers of rubber are fused. It could be a bad tire though to if they used cheap rubber or it wasn't the right mixture of components in the rubber they can crack like that but its rare.
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