The risks of car accidents are well-known. But what happens when those accidents are caused by tire defects? Read on for more information on the dangers and mechanics of tire defects, including information on how consumers can fight back.
The term “tire defect” is a blanket term that refers to situations in which a tire that has been defectively designed and/or defectively manufactured tire experiences a failure or tire blowout. Tire defects can lead to a loss of tread and the top belt on the tire, which can contribute to a deadly rollover accident. It is extremely hard to control a vehicle when there is a tread separation. As the tread and top belt begins to separate, a deadly chain of events is set into motion, including a loss of vehicle control, and a rollover or collision.
It is worth noting that tire failures are often referred to by police and others as a “blowout.” While a tire blowout and sudden loss of air pressure can occur and cause loss of vehicle control, there are many instances where a tread-belt separation or other type of tire failure does not result in the loss of air pressure. Regardless of how the tire failed or whether there was a sudden loss of air pressure, our attorneys have the skills, knowledge, and experience to investigate your accident and provide the best representation available.
“Tire defects can lead to a loss of tread and the top belt on the tire, which can contribute to a deadly rollover accident.”
Why do tire defects occur? Some are due to poor designs by the tire manufacturers; other defects are caused by a defective and negligent manufacturing process itself. There are a variety of different types of design defects that can cause tire failures, including lack of a nylon cap ply, nylon overlay, or nylon cap strip; inadequate skim stock formula; and failure to utilize effective or sufficient anti-oxidants that prevent the premature aging and cracking of tire rubber. Defectively and negligently manufactured tires can also cause tire failures. Common manufacturing problems include improper placement of the steel belts during the manufacturing process; insufficient coating of the steel wires with skim stock rubber; the presence of contamination; insufficient bonding, adhesion, and vulcanization; inner liner splices that allow for air to escape; dog ear splices; use of solvents during the tire assembly process; and improper storage of tire components prior to the assembly process. Whether the tire failure is due to a design or manufacturing defect, the consequences can be sudden, unexpected, and deadly.
Once these tires are sold and placed on vehicles, serious risk can result. Normal driving conditions – even driving over substances like dirt or grass – can spark a blowout that endangers life and limb. And the consequences can be fatal: rollover accidents or accidents that involve loss of control of the vehicle are extremely risky to a car’s driver and passengers and can even affect other vehicles on the road.
What recourse do consumers who have purchased defective tires have? Luckily, manufacturers who sell products with tire defects can be taken to task in civil court. A product liability lawsuit filed by a competent and aggressive attorney can produce compensation for the victim’s injuries and associated costs.
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