Accidents & Rollovers Caused by Tire Defects

Rollovers Caused by Tire DefectsEveryday motorists are faced with life and death situations due to tire defects that cause sudden tire failure, tire tread separation, sidewall failure and tire blowouts. Sadly, many of these tire failures result in serious accidents, rollovers and crashes lead to serious injuries and death due to secondary crash related seatbelt failures, defective airbags, seatbelt buckle failures, roof crush and roof pillar collapse. According to the Department of Transportation, 9% of automobile accidents involve some level of tire failures, whether a defective tire, tread separation or tire blowout, in the pre-crash phase. Dangerous rollovers, tire tread separations and blowouts are some of the most common causes of hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of critical and life-changing injuries annually. When the driver of any vehicle (SUV, truck or a passenger car) encounters a sudden tire failure or tire deflation at highway speeds, split-second decisions can mean the difference between life and death.

Often the cause of many rollovers and accidents is not driver error. Sometimes the investigating officer will even cite and ticket the driver for failure to maintain or inspect the tire when the underlying reason may be a tire defect which causes a tire failure causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and the accident or rollover occurs. If you, or a loved one, was involved in a serious accident resulting in injuries you believe may have been caused by a tire blowout, tire failure, or by any part of the vehicle, then contact our product liability lawyers to discuss your legal options and rights in a tire defect lawsuit or product liability lawsuit against the SUV, truck, van or passenger car manufacturer. Call 1-800-883-9858 For a Free Case Review.

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If you’ve been injured, talk to a tire defect attorney right now for free. Get answers to your questions and find out what legal options you have.

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Tire Failures & Blowouts

Jackson Ford ExplorerWhy do tires blowout? Often tire blowouts and failures are caused from defectively designed and negligently manufactured tires due to dirty factory conditions, incorrect curing temperatures, incorrect tire bead and sidewall construction, inferior tire materials and adhesives and negligent testing and sizing of important tire components. A tire blowout can also result from underinflated tires, road hazards, worn out tires, mismatched tires or wrong-sized tires for the rim. When a sudden tire failure occurs and a rollover or accident occurs, other injury causing components (seatbelts, airbags, roof strength, door locks and seatbelts) of the vehicle need to be studied at length to see if any safety system failed to keep the occupants safe. Talk to a tire defect and rollover crashworthiness attorney now to get answers to your questions.

Old Tires Sold as New

Often brand new tires sit on a shelf or in a warehouse for many years before they are ever sold. While these tires look brand new they are not. All tires slowly age and its internal components start to disintegrate and fail. A “new” tire that hasn’t been used in years, but is then sold as new can be dangerous because the tire’s rubber and adhesives become weaker over time and increase the risk of a tire failure, or tread separation, and a sudden blowout especially at highway speeds. Likewise, any used old tire, even though it has plenty of tread showing, can be very dangerous as the buyer doesn’t know the history of that tire. Used tires could have been stored in hot warehouses, been involved in a previous accident, been severely overloaded, hit numerous potholes or curbs or suffered prior damage unseen by the naked eye.

Used tires, although cheaper may also increase the risk of an accident. Lack of sufficient tread can cause drivers to lose traction in wet weather or be unable to stop in time. Car dealers, used tire shops, inspection stations and repair shops have a duty to inspect the tire and recommend that the old tires be replaced or that the better tires with the best tread and traction be placed on the rear, not the front. If they fail to do, then they be held liable. Most manufacturers recommend that tire be replaced once they are six years old, no matter what remaining tread depth is showing.

Tire Recalls

Many tire tread separations subjects to recalls by NHTSA are often the result of bad tire design and manufacturing defects for which manufacturers are be held liable under the law. All product manufacturers have the legal responsibility to notify consumers of dangerous defects with their products and undertake recalls. In some cases, tire manufacturers fail to initiate a nationwide tire recall until after mounting injury lawsuits are filed by injured drivers and passengers. The auto manufacturer may also be liable for supplying the undersized or defective tires or spare tires as standard equipment with new vehicles.

Negligent Tire Shops

Car CareMany tire shops and used tire dealers sell aged tires that are too old to be safely used on the highway. Many of these used tires have been recalled, some with little tread life and others have been involved in previous wrecks and even rollover accidents. Many of these used tires have suffered internal damage from curb strikes, potholes, driven under-inflated or they have too many tire patches or plugs. If the tire shop owner or tire worker fails to advise or warn you of the bad tires and the need for new ones, then they may be held liable or negligent in an injury occurs. Additionally some tire shops fail to property inflate the tires to the correct air pressure or they place the best tires up front instead in the rear. These actions can lead to a tire blowout accident, tire failure or lose of control or traction on the highway. If this happens the tire shop or retailer may be found liable.

Manufacturing Defects

Bad tire design or tire defects during tire production contribute to the bulk of tire defects from manufacturers.

Tire Design Issues

  • Using older or outdated tire designs
  • Failing to design tires with all needed safety features

Production issues

  • Excessive moisture contamination
  • Improper adhesive curing
  • Foreign material contamination
  • Use of old tire black or tire components
  • Use of defective tire air stems
  • Using unapproved solvents
  • Poor quality control in plants
  • Curing tires at incorrect temperatures
  • Negligent sidewall and tire bead design
  • Failure to test tires for defects, before sale

Major Manufacturer Brands

  • Bridgestone
  • Cooper
  • Firestone
  • Kumho
  • Uniroyal
  • Dunlop
  • Goodyear
  • Michelin
  • Yokohama
  • Continental
  • General
  • Falken
  • Kelly-Springfield
  • Toyo
  • Various Chinese Manufacturers

Tire Failure Lawsuit – Free Case Review by an Experienced Tire Defect Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident or rollover and you believe one of the tires was defective, then you may have a lawsuit against the tire manufacturer, used tire dealer or seller, inspection station or car repair shop. Call for a free confidential case review. Talk to a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer with 30+ years of tire defect litigation and rollover lawsuit experience.

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