Usually a flat tire is nothing more than an annoyance or an unexpected expense. However, tire failure can cause serious auto accident injuries in certain cases, especially when tire failure occurs at high speeds. Tires are not supposed to last forever, which is why replacing old, worn, or damaged tires is a crucial safety step for preventing high-speed blowouts and other tire failures that can cause a motor vehicle accident.
However, if your tires fail earlier than normal, especially when there is only moderate or light wear on the treads, it is possible that the tires themselves are defective. Defective tires can be very dangerous defective products, leading to failures such as tread separation.
Well-Known Defective Tire Recalls
Probably the best known defective tire recall was by Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. of 14.4 million Firestone Radial ATX and Radial ATX II tires made in North America in 2000. It is estimated that around 6.5 million tires were in use at the time of the recall, affecting millions of American car owners. The defective Firestone tires led to many defective vehicle injury lawsuits brought by drivers and passengers injured or killed in car crashes related to the defective tires.
More recently, on August 30, 2010, Goodyear announced a recall of Dunlop SP193 Commercial Trailer Tires produced between January 24 and May 29 of the same year. The recall affects nearly 12,000 tires that may lose air pressure unexpectedly. Because underinflated tires increase the risk of a car crash, Goodyear has recalled the tires to prevent potential automobile accident injuries.
To be sure that your car does not have defective tires, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) run by the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages you to check their tire recall database.
Defective Vehicle Injury Lawyers
The defective product liability attorneys of The Cochran Firm work with defective vehicle injury victims nationwide to secure generous compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by defective tires. Our lawyers are experienced litigators and negotiators, so you can rest assured that we will aggressively defend your right to fair compensation either at the negotiating table or in the courtroom.
The Cochran Firm is a nationwide network of personal injury attorneys working toward justice for injured people across the country. We have the experience, confidence, and skills to secure the best outcome we possibly can for your case.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident that resulted from defective tires or another vehicle defect, please contact the defective vehicle injury attorneys of The Cochran Firm right away to schedule a free preliminary case evaluation.