In May 2000, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled a variety of Firestone tires, which were linked to high incidence of tire failure. A total of 6.5 million tires were recalled in response to complaints (the second largest recall in history). This is just one example of the hundreds of recalls which occur yearly. Defective tires, without any fault on the part of the driver or owner of the car, cause thousands of motor vehicle accidents every year. The sudden failure of a tire can cause a vehicle to lose control and either roll over or collide with other vehicles.
In a defective tire case the focus is on the cause of the accident. Tire defects are likely a sort of design defect, which occurs when a flaw in the design itself makes the product dangerous or useless. Americans drive approximately 3 trillion miles per year, with complete reliance upon the safety and reliability of their tires. One small error in the design can lead to massive injury. The Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises drivers to regularly check their tires for defects. This includes checking the pressure, looking for uneven treadwear and rotating your tires as necessary.
Recent tire recalls:
- July 2012: BF Goodrich LT 235/85 R16 120 Q LRE and LT 245/75 R16 120 Q LRE tires
- December 2013: Michelin LTX M/S tires
- December 2013: Certain Bridgestone H300 315/80R22.5 18 ply tires
- Check https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchTires to see if your tires have been recalled or call Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson, if you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a tire manufacturer.