Pa- That's all the more reason that people can read the codes themselves.. It ain't rocket science..
And for any tire to be sold in the USA (for street use) it must meet DOT requirements, which includes date codes...( including the month as well as year) This is nothing new either..
I agree, people should read the date codes. Most consumers didn't know they existed. I personally didn't know tires had a shelf life. I always went by their appearance. Most consumers don't even know that tires are rated. I know...it is sad when so many don't even know how to change the oil but society has went that direction. Pull in the bay and let someone else [automotive technician] do the regular maintenance. Call AAA to fix a flat, jump the battery, tow it away.
I remember my cousin buying a Jaguar back in the early 70's. The only way to get under the hood was through the dealership in Pittsburgh, and other Jag dealerships throughout the country. It was locked down until the warranty ran out. I rode with him down to Florida in that ride. The battery died on us in Georgia. If I can recall correctly, the nearest Jag dealership was in Atlanta. They said it was a bad battery. Jag gave us a loner, a Cadillac Elderado, to use until a new battery arrived. They didn't have one in stock.
The dealer I visited recently, provided me with the mandatory date code year of 2000. He may be mistaken on the year. I haven't researched that yet.
Warranty is only 40,000 mile with depreciation.