Majority of Recalled Tires Still in Use
According to a recent report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), tire failure is the cause of more than 33,000 auto accidents each year. The tire failures stem from numerous issues such as improper inflation, worn tread, improper installation, and manufacturing defaults. While it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the proper inflation of and tread wear on their tires, they are often unaware if a tire has any manufacturing defaults. In the manufacturing process, tires could be put together wrong or using improper materials. Such defects in tires could lead to tread separation or blowouts that could cause a vehicle to suddenly go off the road and even flip.
Manufacturers are required by law to inform consumers if they become aware they have released any defective tires. However, the NTSB has shown that this system of reporting and recalling is very complicated and inefficient. Manufacturers cannot keep up with the contact information of every person that purchases a tire and make proper notification of default. Also, it is not always easy for the consumer to determine if their tire is one of the reported default tires. The NTSB report revealed that only 1 out of 5 recalled tires is properly taken out of use leaving thousands of defective tires still on the road and able to cause potential danger.
Those who have been injured or lost loved ones in an auto accident that has been determined to have been caused by a defectively manufactured tire have the right to seek compensation. Doing so may be a complicated process, but may be needed to help alleviate hardships caused by pain and suffering from the accident. If you or someone you loved was involved in an accident you believed involved a defective tire, please let our experienced attorneys try to seek compensation on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.