Tire Defect Accidents
Tires are absolutely crucial for a vehicles safe operation. Drivers must maintain their tires for the life of their vehicle, which can involve buying new tires when the current tires wear out or become too old, airing up the tires, aligning the tires, and rotating the tires. However, even if all the proper maintenance is done, tires may fail because of internal defects or age-related issues. Tire failure leads to many automobile accidents, resulting in death or serious injuries.
One of the most common problems that occurs because of poor tire manufacturing is tread separation. The tread is the outside part of the tire that touches the road. It serves many functions including protecting the integrity of the belts and the inner liner. Tread separation can occur because of low quality bonding materials being used during the bonding process or because of human error. When tread separation happens, the tread peels off the tire, which leaves the bare tire exposed. This can cause the vehicle to suddenly lurch to the side, which can be extremely dangerous, especially at high speeds.
Recalls are issued when it is determined that specific lots of tires are found to be defective Unfortunately, it may be difficult to determine if your tires are subject to a recall because manufacturers and retailers do not have a ready database for checking recalls at the service level. Tires are required to have a Tire Identification Number (TIN), a coded set of alphanumeric characters, stamped on the sidewall. The complete TIN may be located on the inside sidewall where it is difficult for a consumer to see. For recalls after 2009 you can search the NHTSA website for your tires make and model number, and find if your tires TIN is within the range of a recall. Prior to 2009 manufacturers were not required to provide the TIN range of recalled tires.
Often tires are sold when they are too old to be safe. Retailers may have had tires in stock for many years before they are sold or you may have a spare tire that is no longer safe because of its age. You should not trust the safety of your family to a tire from ten years ago even if the tread is unworn. You can use the TIN to determine the age of a tire but only if you know how to interpret the code.
In some cases, our tires may be fine but the tires of other vehicles on the road cause an accident. This most commonly occurs when a large trucks tires separate, leaving large pieces of tire tread on the road. These accidents can occur at high rates of speed and may cause other vehicles to swerve, which can cause an accident. A trucking company may be held liable for accidents that occur as a result of their dangerous tires.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tire-related accident, call Don Sjaarda, California tire defect attorney, at 714-963-8216. You may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage and more. Call today.
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