If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an auto accident that resulted from a tire failure, the existence of a tire recall could be indicative of a larger design defect or manufacturing defect. When coupled with a thorough examination of your damaged tire by an industry expert, this can help establish a stronger claim to compensation.
What Are Common Causes of Tire Recalls?
When a tire is recalled, it is because the manufacturer has determined that mistakes were made during the tire’s design and/or manufacturing process. Such failures can result in rapid tire wear, tire separation, and tire blowouts.
Among the leading reasons cited by manufacturers when issuing a tire recall are:
- Poor or defective design
- Inadequate curing process
- Inadequate skim stock
- Improper belt wiping
- Improper belt placement
- Lack of nylon overlays
- Faulty split rim wheel assemblies
What Are Some Early Signs of Tire Damage and Defects?
It is recommended that you check your tires for any wear, damage, or defects at least once every month. Additionally, you should always take a few minutes to check your tires before taking a road trip. Signs that a tire may be damaged or defective include:
- Uneven tread wear – if one section of the tire is wearing faster than the rest, this can be a sign of improper inflation, tire misalignment, damaged tires, or issues with your vehicles suspension parts.
- Excessively worn tread – most modern tires have a tread-wear bar running across the tread signally the minimum allowable tread depth (1/16-inch). You may also use a tread gauge which are available at any auto parts store. Extremely rapid wear may be a sign of a tire defect.
- Bulges in the tire – if you can see a bulge or bump in the sidewall, this is a sign of a weak spot the tire which is prone to blowout.
- Cracking or cuts in the side wall – Similar to bulges, cracking or deep cuts in the sidewall of a tire means there is a need for replacement.
- Excessive vibration – If you care begins vibrating at a certain speed (typically between 10 mph and 40 mph) this can be a sign of tire tread separation.
- Wavy pattern in the tire tread – you tire tread should always remain parallel. A misaligned pattern is a signal that the tread is not properly bonded to the steel belting underneath.
Contact an Experienced Tire Recall Attorney
Thomas J. Henry are leaders in the area of product liability litigation. Our Defective Drug and Products Division have extensive knowledge and resources in order to represent our clients efficiently and aggressively. We represent a multitude of people who are battling against manufacturers of defective tires and tire parts.
Your choice does matter. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by a defective or recalled tire, call Thomas J. Henry immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.