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Damaged and Defective Tires

The Dangers of Damaged and Defective Tires

Manufacturing defects, design defects, and poor tire maintenance can compromise the integrity of a tire and can greatly increase the risk of a driver losing control of their vehicle, being involved in a collision, or being injured in a rollover accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that defective tires are responsible for nearly 8,000 motor vehicle accidents every year. Additionally, according to a report by Michelin, approximately 535 deaths and 23,000 collisions result from tire blowouts annually.

COMMON 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

DEFECTIVE TIRE 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.
POORLY MAINTAINED TIRES CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ACCIDENTS

Though a car owner may inspect, maintain, and replace their tires to ensure their vehicle is as safe as possible, even the most responsible motorist cannot guarantee that other drivers will do the same. Poor tire maintenance can significantly increase the risk of an accident.  Maintenance issues include:

  • Overinflation
  • Underinflation
  • Tire Wear
  • Too Much Weight
  • Incorrect Flat Repair

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