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BAD TIRES: Common killers on American roads

Wyatt Wright
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Auto recalls have been dominating the news in the U.S. for the last year and a half – more than 89 million recalls and counting.  But defective tires are just as dangerous as some of the defects in cars that put lives at risk.  Tires that lose their tread on the highway, and old tires sold as new tires, are taking lives and maiming victims just like exploding gas tanks on Jeep Wrangles and Cherokees and exploding Takata airbags that cause fatalities.

Car owners are easily duped by tire manufacturers

In 2012, a Houston TV station aired a story about a fatal accident that took the lives of two young Texans heading back to college.  One was 21, the other, just 18.  It happened when the tread came off a Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor Tire on the right front side of their Ford F-150 truck, sending the pickup into a skid that caused it roll over.  Goodyear issued no warning to consumers who purchased the tires even though the company knew of the defect 15 months before the teens were killed.

In 2014, two youth ministers were killed when a church van veered off a Florida interstate and flipped over.  An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that tread, stripping off a defective tire, caused the crash.  A Florida TV station warned viewers they too might be driving cars with recalled tires.  Officials at the church didn’t know the tire had been recalled four months earlier.

In 2015, a young woman had an arm amputated after an accident in Atascosa County in which the tread came off a back tire on her SUV on Interstate 37, causing it to rollover.  According to a San Antonio TV station, the tire that caused the accident was linked to two recalls.

A loophole in the national tire recall system costs lives

In each of these accidents, the victims were either driving on recalled tires without knowing it or their accidents resulted in recalls after federal investigations revealed defective tires caused their crash.

Federal regulators estimate “…just 20 to 38 percent of recalled tires are taken off the road.”  According to a tire safety advocate, “…the National Transportation Safety board believes that faulty tires, including old and recalled tires, could be responsible for between 400 and 500 deaths a year in the U.S.”  Efforts are underway to make every tire - old and new – scannable - in order to upgrade the recall system and reduce the number of fatalities.

Lawyers at Wayne Wright have experience dealing with accidents caused by defective tires and they work on a contingency basis.  So their services are free until they win your case or secure a satisfactory settlement for you.  If you have had an accident caused by a defective tire, call the firm for the legal assistance you deserve.

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