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Question:

How to read the DOT number?

Answer:

DOT signifies that the tire complies with the United States Department of Transportation tire safety standards, and is approved for highway use.

Example:
DOT M5H3 459X 065

The first two digits following DOT designate the tire's manufacturer and plant code. The third and fourth characters denote the tire size. The fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth (optional) characters identify the brand and other significant characteristics of the tire. The ninth and tenth characters denote the week the tire was produced. The final number(s) signifies the year in which the tire was manufactured.


For BFGoodrich brand tires, DOT markings related to the week and year of production will have an additional symbol for the decade of the 1990s. It will be shown as a triangle following these last three numbers.

Beginning in year 2000, an additional digit was added to the serial number to allow the year of production to have two digits.

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