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I think it was pure sales pressure BS aimed at increasing their bottom line,


https://blog.tirerack.com/blog/todds-tire-decision-guide/rep...

It's a legitimate concern, although not exactly safety related or increasing the bottom line (margins on tires are very small compared to most other auto repairs/parts). Many tire wholesalers offer a shaving service to match the tread on one tire to the rest rather than replace all 4.
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