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What is a Tire Tread Separation?

Tread separation is a serious condition of the tire characterized by a detachment of the tire’s tread from the casing. Some tires are more prone to a tread separation, such as those found on vehicles that travel an extensive amount of miles or through rugged terrain. In a tread separation, the tread peels off the tire, preventing the vehicle from gripping the road properly.

When a tire tread separates while a vehicle is in operation, a full loss of vehicle control usually occurs, significantly increasing the likelihood of a car crash or a rollover accident. Not only is this a danger to the vehicle’s driver but other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists as well.

Signs that your tires are experiencing a tread separation include:

  • Vibration while driving
  • Bump or bulge on tire
  • Sidewall irregularities
  • Uneven wear on tire treads

Causes of tread separation may include:

  • Improper inflation of the tire
  • Driving over potholes or other large objects
  • Inadequate flat repair
  • Excessive wear and tear (exceeding recommended mileage on a tire)
  • Manufacturer’s defect

Who is Liable for your Accident and Injuries?

In the case of a manufacturer’s defect, you may have a product liability claim to make against the company that produced the faulty tire that lead to your accident. Tread separation caused by a defect in the manufacturing process is a rare occurrence but one that can cause a catastrophic auto accident and severe injuries nonetheless. Tread separation accidents oftentimes lead to spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 200 people die each year in the United States due to tire-related crashes.

A tire defect can be the result of a design error, faulty manufacturing process, or an issue with the shipping of the tires to distributors. People injured in a crash caused by a defective tire are entitled to compensation for the losses they incurred, including pain and suffering, medical costs, and lost wages.

If you were involved in an accident that you believe was due to a defective tire, it is important to preserve the tire if at all possible. Our firm retains a host of experts that can help determine if the tire was manufactured properly or if it contained defects causing a tread separation. This evidence can be vital in proving your case and achieving the maximum compensation possible.

Past Tire Recalls in the United States

Here are a few of the largest and deadliest tire recalls in the United States since the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was instated in 1978:

  • Firestone 500 Steel Belted Radial Tires (1978)
    • 14.5 million tires recalled due to tread separation
    • Thousands of accidents, dozens of deaths linked to defective tires
  • Bridgestone Corporation Firestone Tires (2000)
    • 5 million tires recalled
    • 46 deaths linked to recalled tires
  • Goodyear Silent Armor Tires (2012)
    • 41,000 tires recalled
    • 2 reported deaths linked to recalled tires
  • Foreign Tire Sales (2007)
    • 255,000 Chinese-made tires recalled
    • Tires lacked safety feature that prevented tread separation

You may check the NHTSA website for information on recent tire recalls and vehicle recalls.

Injured in Auto Accident Caused by a Tire Defect?

If you believe that you or a loved one have been injured in an accident due to a tread separation or other tire defect, contact Thomas J. Henry. If a tire failure is caused by a manufacturer’s defect, an injured victim has cause to bring a product liability claim against that manufacturer.

These cases can be complex and require extensive resources to prove that a defect caused your accident and subsequent injuries. At Thomas J. Henry, our injury attorneys are experienced in handling these types of cases and have a track record of winning these cases for our injured clients. Your choice matters when it comes to hiring a lawyer to represent you.

Call our law offices today for a free legal consultation. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim.

‘Harmful Bacteria’ Results in Recall of Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottle Soap

Dr. Brown’s has issued a recall affecting 23,000 bottles of baby bottle soap after determining the product may contain potentially harmful bacteria.

Details of the Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottle Soap Recall

According to Fortune, customers are urged to immediately cease using Dr. Brown’s natural bottle and dish soap due to the potential presence of “harmful bacteria” that “poses a risk of respiratory and other infections” to infants.

The recall was issued Wednesday and affects bottle soap products manufactured between September 2016 and June 2017. Affected soap was sold at 4 Our Little Ones, Babies R’ Us, Bebeang, Buy Buy Baby, Drugland Pharmacy, Family First Pharmacy, Global Nutrition Trading, Macro and Turquoise stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com.

Dr. Brown’s has not received any reports of illness or injury in connection with the bottles. Consumers are urged to boil or sanitize any bottles or dishes washed with the soap.

Description of the Recalled Baby Bottle Soap

  • The recalled Dr. Brown’s Natural Bottle & Dish Soap was sold separately and with the Dr. Brown’s bottle brush as a bottle cleaning kit.
  • Affected bottles come in two sizes:
    • 16-ounce with a pump
    • 4-ounce squeeze bottle
  • A label is located on the front with the text “Dr. Brown’s natural bottle & dish soap” and “100% plant-based ingredients.”

 

Volkswagen Recalls 281,000 Vehicles for Engine Stalls

Volkswagen is recalling roughly 281,000 U.S vehicles after determining the fuel pumps in the vehicles can fail and cause the cars to suddenly stall, leaving motorists at an increased risk of crash.

Details of the Volkswagen Fuel Pump Recall

The Detroit News reports that the recall covers 2009 through 2016 model year CC vehicles and 2006 through 2010 model year Passat sedans and wagons. All of the recalled vehicles are equipped with four-cylinder gasoline engines.

Government documents suggest the fuel pump control computer can lose electrical power, preventing gas from flowing and causing the engine to stop. The defect can also cause the fuel pump to continue running even after the vehicle is shut off.

Owner notification is not expected to begin until October, and replacement parts will not be available until sometime after that.

Dangers of Engine Stalls

If a car stalls while in operation, it can leave the driver of the vehicle without power steering, power brakes, and other essential safety features.

If your car stalls while you are driving, the most important thing for you to focus on is staying come. Try to apply the brakes and pull over to the side of the road. Both steering and braking will require more effort than usual, but try to avoid severe steering adjustments or slamming on the brakes.

Once you are on a safe part of the vehicle, try to restart your car. If you are unable to restart your vehicle, or if you just don’t feel safe operating the vehicle after experiencing the stall, call for a tow.

Johnson & Johnson Talc Product Lawsuits Expand into California

The company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been facing lawsuits over talc-based products that some users claim to lead to cancer, and a lawsuit in California has opened this issue even wider.

Information on Previous Lawsuits

A California resident recently won $417 million in a lawsuit against J&J relating to a product that contained talc and possibly lead to their cancer diagnosis. This was just one of around 48,000 lawsuits that the company is going up against with regards to their products.

All other amounts rewarded to people in lawsuits came to a total of $307, and were rewarded from the same court in St. Louis, Missouri. Many out-of-state cases came to the court after the initial large sums of money were rewarded to various parties.

J&J believes that the court is very “friendly” to plaintiffs seeking money, and they feel that people having been “shopping” for a court that would be likely to give them what they want. The company did, however, seem to directly benefit from a new law that courts could only deal with cases involving injuries that occurred in their own state, which was passed by the Supreme Court in June.

About the California Lawsuit

The lawsuit in California involved a 63-year-old woman that claimed that J&J baby powder, which contains talc, was the cause of her ovarian cancer. There have been several other cases involving women who have filed lawsuits for the same reason

Some of the plaintiffs’ experts used in the cases in St. Louis were also used during the California case.

A product liability defense lawyer, stated that the evidence provided for the jury was “compelling” and made the case harder for the defense.

How Does a Tire Recall Affect My Texas Tire Failure Injury Case?

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.

 

Lawsuit Suggests Recalled Takata Airbags are Being Installed in Used Vehicles

A new lawsuit suggests recalled Takata airbags are being equipped in used vehicles. One such incident, in which a previously recalled Takata airbag was installed in a 2002 Honda Accord, nearly killed a Las Vegas teenager.

About the Takata Airbag Accident and Lawsuit

USA Today reports that 19-year-old Karina Dorado suffered a punctured trachea after a faulty airbag exploded and sprayed shrapnel throughout the cabin of her 2002 Honda Accord. The family has filed a lawsuit alleging the airbag was subject to a recall.

The lawsuit states that in  2015 the Nevada-based salvage yard Pic-a-Part supplied a recalled Takata-brand airbag from a 2001 Accord to a company which specializes in repairing damaged vehicles. The repair company then installed the airbag into a 2002 Accord that had previously been deemed a total loss by Liberty Mutual Group.

According to Honda, the airbag that was sold by Pic-a-Part was among the most dangerous to be recalled as tests showed nearly a 50-percent chance of the inflator rupturing in a crash.

The vehicle was sold to Dorado’s father, Jose Dorado-Carillo, in March of 2016, with no mention of the airbag being recalled. A year later, as Karina Dorado was traveling home after work, her Accord was struck by another vehicle. The airbag ruptured upon deployment.

After spending several days in a trauma center, Dorado’s voice had notably changed. She has also been left with a scar and the prospect of future surgeries.

Vehicles Known to Be Equipped with Recalled Takata Airbags

Tens of millions of vehicles manufactured by at least 19 different automakers have been affected by the ongoing Takata airbag recalls, with some vehicles being recalled twice. The airbags have been linked to 19 deaths and more than 180 injuries.

Among the vehicles known to be equipped with the dangerous Takata airbags are:

  • Acura
    • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
    • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
    • 2013-2016 Acura ILX
    • 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid
    • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
    • 2007-2016 Acura RDX
    • 2005-2012 Acura RL
    • 2009-2014 Acura TL
    • 2009-2014 Acura TSX
    • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX
  • Audi
    • 2006-2013 Audi A3
    • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant
    • 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet
    • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Sedan
    • 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet
    • 2003-2011 Audi A6 Avant
    • 2005-2011 Audi A6 Sedan
    • 2009-2012 Audi Q5
    • 2017 Audi R8
    • 2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet
    • 2007-2008 Audi RS 4 Sedan
    • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Avant
    • 2007-2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet
    • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Sedan
    • 2010-2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet
    • 2007-2011 Audi S6 Sedan
    • 2016-2017 Audi TT
  • BMW
    • 2008-2013 BMW 1 Series
    • 2000-2013 BMW 3 Series
    • 2002-2003 BMW 5 Series
    • 2011-2015 BMW X1
    • 2007-2010 BMW X3
    • 2003-2013 BMW X5
    • 2008-2014 BMW X6
    • 2010-2011 BMW X6 Hybrid
  • Cadillac
    • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade
    • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV
    • 2007-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT
  • Chevrolet
    • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
    • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD
    • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado LD
    • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban
    • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chrysler
    • 2005-2015 Chrysler 300
    • 2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen
    • 2007-2008 Chrysler Crossfire
  • Daimler Trucks North America (Sterling Bullet)
    • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet
  • Daimler Vans USA LLC (Sprinter)
    • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter
    • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter
    • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • Dodge/Ram
    • 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger
    • 2006-2015 Dodge Charger
    • 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota
    • 2004-2009 Dodge Durango
    • 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum
    • 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 Pickup
    • 2005-2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup
    • 2007-2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis
    • 2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup
    • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis
  • Ferrari
    • 2010-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia
    • 2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
    • 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A
    • 2012-2015 Ferrari 458 Spider
    • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 GTB
    • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 Spider
    • 2009-2014 Ferrari California
    • 2015-2017 Ferrari California T
    • 2013-2017 Ferrari F12
    • 2016-2017 Ferrari F12 tdf
    • 2016 Ferrari F60
    • 2012-2016 Ferrari FF
    • 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso
  • Fisker
    • 2012 Fisker Karma
  • Ford
    • 2007-2010 Ford Edge
    • 2006-2012 Ford Fusion
    • 2005-2006 Ford GT
    • 2005-2014 Ford Mustang
    • 2004-2011 Ford Ranger
  • GMC
    • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra HD
    • 2007-2013 GMC Sierra LD
    • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon
    • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL
  • Honda
    • 2001-2012 Honda Accord
    • 2001-2011 Honda Civic
    • 2003-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
    • 2001-2011 Honda Civic NGV
    • 2010-2015 Honda Crosstour
    • 2002-2011 Honda CR-V
    • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
    • 2003-2011 Honda Element
    • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
    • 2007-2013 Honda Fit
    • 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
    • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
    • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
    • 2003-2015 Honda Pilot
    • 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline
  • Infiniti
    • 2003-2008 Infiniti FX
    • 2001 Infiniti I30
    • 2002-2004 Infiniti I35
    • 2006-2010 Infiniti M
    • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4
  • Jaguar
    • 2009-2015 Jaguar XF
  • Jeep
    • 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler
  • Land Rover
    • 2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover
  • Lexus
    • 2007-2012 Lexus ES350
    • 2010-2017 Lexus GX460
    • 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
    • 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
    • 2008-2014 Lexus IS F
    • 2012 Lexus LFA
    • 2002-2010 Lexus SC430
  • Lincoln
    • 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
    • 2006-2012 Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ
  • Mazda
    • 2004-2009 Mazda B-Series
    • 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7
    • 2007-2015 Mazda CX-9
    • 2003-2011 Mazda6
    • 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6
    • 2004-2006 Mazda MPV
    • 2004-2011 Mazda RX-8
  • McLaren
    • 2016-2017 McLaren 570
    • 2015-2016 McLaren 650S
    • 2016 McLaren 675LT
    • 2012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C
    • 2011-2015 McLaren P1
  • Mercedes-Benz
    • 2005-2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    • 2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    • 2011-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio
    • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
    • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
    • 2010-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
    • 2009-2010 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
    • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
    • 2007-2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    • 2011-2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class
  • Mercury
    • 2006-2011 Mercury Milan
  • Mitsubishi
    • 2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    • 2004-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer
    • 2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
    • 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
    • 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider
  • Nissan
    • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
    • 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
    • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
    • 2007-2012 Nissan Versa
  • Pontiac
    • 2003-2010 Pontiac Vibe
  • Saab
    • 2005-2006 Saab 9-2x
    • 2006-2011 Saab 9-3
    • 2006-2009 Saab 9-5
  • Saturn
    • 2008-2009 Saturn Astra
  • Scion
    • 2008-2015 Scion XB
  • Subaru
    • 2003-2006 Subaru Baja
    • 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
    • 2004-2011 Subaru Impreza (Including WRX/STI)
    • 2003-2014 Subaru Legacy
    • 2003-2014 Subaru Outback
    • 2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca
    • 2012-2014 Subaru WRX/STI
  • Tesla
    • 2012-2016 Tesla Model S
  • Toyota
    • 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
    • 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
    • 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix
    • 2009-2013 Toyota Matrix
    • 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4
    • 2002-2006 Toyota Sequoia
    • 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
    • 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
    • 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris (Hatch Back)
    • 2007-2012 Toyota Yaris (Sedan)
  • Volkswagen
    • 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
    • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Eos
    • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
    • 2013 Volkswagen Golf R
    • 2009-2013 Volkswagen GTI
    • 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat
    • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
    • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

 

This Week in Auto Recalls

This week has seen recalls of vehicles manufactured by Chevrolet, GMC, Infiniti, Jeep, Nissan, and Mazda. You can check if your vehicle was among these recalls by reviewing the information below or by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website at www.safecar.gov.

Mazda Airbag Recall

Units Affected: 80,000

Model Years Affects:

  • 2007-2009 and 2012 Mazda CX-7
  • 2007-2009 and 2012 Mazda CX-9
  • 2007-2009 and 2012 Mazda 6

Problem: Front passenger airbag inflators manufactured by Takata may deploy with excess force, causing airbags to rupture and spray shrapnel throughout the vehicle cabin and into occupants. Defective Takata airbags have been linked to 19 deaths and 180 injuries.

GMC Truck Recall

Units Affected: 29,647

Model Years Affects:

  • 2017 Chevrolet Silverado
  • 2017 GMC Sierra

Problem: Owner’s manual for affected vehicles may be missing vital instruction on how to properly tether a child car seat to the vehicles’ anchorage system. This can create an increased risk of child injury in the event of a crash. These vehicles are determined to be in violation of requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 225, “Child Restraint Anchorage Systems.”

Infiniti Engine Stall Recall

Units Affected: 14,192

Model Years Affects:

  • 2016-2018 Infiniti Q50
  • 2016-2018 Infiniti Q60

Problem: Certain vehicles equipped with a 2.0L engine can experience a software defect which may allow the fuel level in the main tank to be too low to supply fuel to the engine, resulting in an engine stall when the vehicles are in operation. Such a stall can greatly increase the risk of crash.

Jeep Indicator Lamp Malfunction

Units Affected: 3,002

Model Years Affects:

  • 2017 Jeep Renegade

Problem: A software error may cause multiple malfunction indicator lamps to illuminate when no malfunction exists. Such a malfunction may leave a driver unaware of a true malfunction, creating an increased risk of crash.

Nissan Seatbelt Recall

Units Affected: 44,264

Model Years Affects:

  • 2016-2017 Nissan Titan
  • 2016-2017 Nissan Titan XD

Problem: A design flaw in the rear seatbelt assembly may not adequately protect the occupants head, allowing it to contact the D-ring bolt trim cap. This can result of an increased risk of head injury in the event of a collision.

 

 

Mazda Recalls 80,000 Vehicles for Faulty Airbags

Mazda has issued a recall for nearly 80,000 car and SUVs, including some for a second time, to replace defective Takata airbag inflators that can explode upon deployment.

About the Mazda Airbag Recall

According to the Washington Post, the recall covers front passenger inflators on certain Mazda CX-7, CX-9, and Mazda 6 vehicles. Recalls vary by state and age of the vehicle.

Takata became the subject of controversy and eventually declared bankruptcy after it was determined airbag inflators manufactured by the Japan-based company could rupture on deployment, spraying shrapnel throughout vehicle cabins and into vehicle occupants.

So far, the defective airbag inflators have been linked to 19 deaths and more than 180 injuries.

The current recall covers:

  • 2007-2009 and 2012 Mazda CX-7
  • 2007-2009 and 2012 Mazda CX-9
  • 2007-2009 and 2012 Mazda 6

Other Vehicles Affected by Takata Airbag Recalls

  • Acura
    • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
    • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
    • 2013-2016 Acura ILX
    • 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid
    • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
    • 2007-2016 Acura RDX
    • 2005-2012 Acura RL
    • 2009-2014 Acura TL
    • 2009-2014 Acura TSX
    • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX
  • Audi
    • 2006-2013 Audi A3
    • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant
    • 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet
    • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Sedan
    • 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet
    • 2003-2011 Audi A6 Avant
    • 2005-2011 Audi A6 Sedan
    • 2009-2012 Audi Q5
    • 2017 Audi R8
    • 2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet
    • 2007-2008 Audi RS 4 Sedan
    • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Avant
    • 2007-2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet
    • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Sedan
    • 2010-2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet
    • 2007-2011 Audi S6 Sedan
    • 2016-2017 Audi TT
  • BMW
    • 2008-2013 BMW 1 Series
    • 2000-2013 BMW 3 Series
    • 2002-2003 BMW 5 Series
    • 2011-2015 BMW X1
    • 2007-2010 BMW X3
    • 2003-2013 BMW X5
    • 2008-2014 BMW X6
    • 2010-2011 BMW X6 Hybrid
  • Cadillac
    • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade
    • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV
    • 2007-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT
  • Chevrolet
    • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
    • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD
    • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado LD
    • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban
    • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chrysler
    • 2005-2015 Chrysler 300
    • 2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen
    • 2007-2008 Chrysler Crossfire
  • Daimler Trucks North America (Sterling Bullet)
    • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet
  • Daimler Vans USA LLC (Sprinter)
    • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter
    • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter
    • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • Dodge/Ram
    • 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger
    • 2006-2015 Dodge Charger
    • 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota
    • 2004-2009 Dodge Durango
    • 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum
    • 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 Pickup
    • 2005-2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup
    • 2007-2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis
    • 2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup
    • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis
  • Ferrari
    • 2010-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia
    • 2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
    • 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A
    • 2012-2015 Ferrari 458 Spider
    • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 GTB
    • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 Spider
    • 2009-2014 Ferrari California
    • 2015-2017 Ferrari California T
    • 2013-2017 Ferrari F12
    • 2016-2017 Ferrari F12 tdf
    • 2016 Ferrari F60
    • 2012-2016 Ferrari FF
    • 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso
  • Fisker
    • 2012 Fisker Karma
  • Ford
    • 2007-2010 Ford Edge
    • 2006-2012 Ford Fusion
    • 2005-2006 Ford GT
    • 2005-2014 Ford Mustang
    • 2004-2011 Ford Ranger
  • GMC
    • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra HD
    • 2007-2013 GMC Sierra LD
    • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon
    • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL
  • Honda
    • 2001-2012 Honda Accord
    • 2001-2011 Honda Civic
    • 2003-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
    • 2001-2011 Honda Civic NGV
    • 2010-2015 Honda Crosstour
    • 2002-2011 Honda CR-V
    • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
    • 2003-2011 Honda Element
    • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
    • 2007-2013 Honda Fit
    • 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
    • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
    • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
    • 2003-2015 Honda Pilot
    • 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline
  • Infiniti
    • 2003-2008 Infiniti FX
    • 2001 Infiniti I30
    • 2002-2004 Infiniti I35
    • 2006-2010 Infiniti M
    • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4
  • Jaguar
    • 2009-2015 Jaguar XF
  • Jeep
    • 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler
  • Land Rover
    • 2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover
  • Lexus
    • 2007-2012 Lexus ES350
    • 2010-2017 Lexus GX460
    • 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
    • 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
    • 2008-2014 Lexus IS F
    • 2012 Lexus LFA
    • 2002-2010 Lexus SC430
  • Lincoln
    • 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
    • 2006-2012 Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ
  • Mazda
    • 2004-2009 Mazda B-Series
    • 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7
    • 2007-2015 Mazda CX-9
    • 2003-2011 Mazda6
    • 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6
    • 2004-2006 Mazda MPV
    • 2004-2011 Mazda RX-8
  • McLaren
    • 2016-2017 McLaren 570
    • 2015-2016 McLaren 650S
    • 2016 McLaren 675LT
    • 2012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C
    • 2011-2015 McLaren P1
  • Mercedes-Benz
    • 2005-2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    • 2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    • 2011-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio
    • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
    • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
    • 2010-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
    • 2009-2010 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
    • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
    • 2007-2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    • 2011-2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class
  • Mercury
    • 2006-2011 Mercury Milan
  • Mitsubishi
    • 2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    • 2004-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer
    • 2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
    • 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
    • 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider
  • Nissan
    • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
    • 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
    • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
    • 2007-2012 Nissan Versa
  • Pontiac
    • 2003-2010 Pontiac Vibe
  • Saab
    • 2005-2006 Saab 9-2x
    • 2006-2011 Saab 9-3
    • 2006-2009 Saab 9-5
  • Saturn
    • 2008-2009 Saturn Astra
  • Scion
    • 2008-2015 Scion XB
  • Subaru
    • 2003-2006 Subaru Baja
    • 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
    • 2004-2011 Subaru Impreza (Including WRX/STI)
    • 2003-2014 Subaru Legacy
    • 2003-2014 Subaru Outback
    • 2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca
    • 2012-2014 Subaru WRX/STI
  • Tesla
    • 2012-2016 Tesla Model S
  • Toyota
    • 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
    • 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
    • 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix
    • 2009-2013 Toyota Matrix
    • 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4
    • 2002-2006 Toyota Sequoia
    • 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
    • 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
    • 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris (Hatch Back)
    • 2007-2012 Toyota Yaris (Sedan)
  • Volkswagen
    • 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
    • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Eos
    • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
    • 2013 Volkswagen Golf R
    • 2009-2013 Volkswagen GTI
    • 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat
    • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
    • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

Airbag Company Takata Will Ask For Lawsuits Against Carmakers Be Suspended

Takata, the well-known and bankrupt airbag inflator company, will be asking to have lawsuits against automakers that have used their inflators to be suspended.

Details on the Takata Lawsuits

Airbag inflator producer Takata and its U.S. unit, TK Holdings Inc, have been facing a lot of scrutiny for recent efforts to get lawsuits against automakers suspended.

This all stemmed from the fact that their inflators were related to a number of injuries, since their defective airbags were known to sometimes explode, and this in turn led to the largest  recall in automotive history and several lawsuits.

It was reported that the company had to file for bankruptcy in June due to the fact that it faced billions of dollar in liabilities.

By declaring bankruptcy, TK Holdings stayed lawsuits against the company for various reasons, including multiple deaths and injuries. Then, last month, the company tried to suspend the lawsuits against automakers that used their products, which some people see as being an abuse of bankruptcy laws that would “benefit of all of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers”.

More on the Takata Debacle

The company pushed for the suspension and cited that it would be best so that their management wouldn’t get distracted while they try to sell the company’s viable operations to Key Safety Systems for over a billion dollars.

This action was supported by automakers BMW, Ford Motors, and Toyota motors, as they felt that letting Takata restructure would be in the best interest for customers.

So far, 18 deaths and 180 injuries have been linked to the defective airbag inflators, and by 2019 around 125 million vehicles will be recalled because of the possibility that they have potentially deadly airbags.

Can I Sue the Manufacturer of the Tire for My Tire Failure Injuries?


If you were involved in an auto accident where you had a tire malfunction or detread, you may be able to pursue compensation from the tire manufacturer.

What are Common Causes of the Tire Defects?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), defective tires are responsible for roughly 8,000 motor vehicle accidents every year. An additional report by Michelin estimated that 535 deaths result from tire blowouts each year.

Among the leading causes of tire defects:

  • 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

How To Detect Tire Tread Separation in Defective Tires

  • A common sign of tire tread separation is that the car will begin shaking at a certain speed (most often between 10 mph to 40 mph).
  • This may begin as a small vibration, but as the problem worsens, it may feel as though the whole wheel is shaking side-to-side as though the wheel is not tightly fastened.
  • The first visual indication will be a bubble along the tread or the sidewall of the tire. The bubble will continue to expand and a larger section becomes separated from the tire’s casing.
  • Drivers may also notice a wavy pattern in the tread. The treads of a tire should always align strait and remain parallel. Misaligned tread patterns are an indication that the tread is not properly bonded or is losing hold.
  • If tire tread separation is identified, repair should not be attempted. The only remedy is to replace the tire completely.

Defective Tires can Result in Massive Recalls

If a tire is known to be defective, the company may be required to issue a nationwide recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes tire recall information at SaferCar.gov.

Since the passage of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act in 1966, there have been more than 24 million tires recalled for safety defects. Notable tire recalls include:

  • Firestone recalled over 7 million Firestone 500 tires in 1978, the largest tire recall to date.
  • The second largest tire recall in U.S. history, Firestone’s 2000 recall of 6.5 million SUV tires, was issued in response to tire tread separation that was linked to hundreds of accidents and 46 deaths.
  • In 2012, Goodyear recalled 41,000 of their Silent Armor tires after 2 reported deaths and a number of crashes were linked to the tires, which were prone to tears and partial tread separation.

What I Should I Do if I Believe My Accident Was the Result of a Defective Tire?

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys 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 Injury Attorneys immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.