Defective Tire Lawsuit

tireIf you or someone you love was injured in an accident as a result  of a defective tire, contact Matthews & Associates for a free legal consultation regarding a potential defective tire lawsuit.

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Defective tires can cause sudden tire failure, tire tread separation, sidewall failure, and tire blowouts. Tragically, many such tire failures result in serious accidents, rollovers and/or crashes causing serious injuries or death. Defective tire blowouts can also lead to secondary crash-related seatbelt failures, defective airbags, seatbelt buckle failures, roof crush, roof pillar collapse. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), some nine (9) percent of automobile accidents involve some level of tire failure, whether a defective tire, tread separation, or tire blowout in the pre-crash phase of an accident. 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.

Police Reports may miss Tire Defect

The cause of many rollovers and accidents is often not driver error, though it may appear that way in the immediate aftermath of an accident. Sometimes an investigating  police official will even cite and ticket the driver for failure to maintain or inspect the tire when the underlying reason may be a tire defect. A defective tire can lead to tire failure, causing the driver to lose control.

Free Legal Consultation

If you or a loved one were involved in a serious accident resulting in injuries you believe were caused by a defective tire blowout, tire failure, or by any part of the vehicle, 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 1-800-520-5202 for a Free Legal Consultation.

Tire Failure Lawyer

If you’ve been injured, contact a tire defect lawyer for a free legal consultation. Get answers to your questions and learn your legal options.

  • Our law firm handles product liability cases involving wrongful death or serious injuries.
  • We charge no fees or expenses unless we earn our client a recovery.
  • We find, collect, preserve evidence. We track down tire and vehicle, get parts identified and secured in a safe facility to prevent the loss or destruction of such evidence.
  • We hire top vehicle and tire experts. Our engineers inspect the tires, seat belts, roof system, door locks, airbags, other safety equipment that may have caused injuries.
  • Before we file a lawsuit in most cases, we send an accident scene investigator to gather evidence, interview witnesses, photograph the scene.

Tire Failures & Blowouts

Tire blowouts and failures are often caused by defectively designed and negligently manufactured tires. Reasons for defects can be dirty factory conditions, improper curing temperatures, faulty tire bead and sidewall construction, inferior tire materials and adhesives, negligent testing and sizing of vital tire components. Under-inflated tires can also cause a tire blowout. In addition, over-inflated tires, road hazards, worn-out tires, mismatched tires or a tire with a mismatched rim can cause a blowout. When a tire failure occurs and causes a rollover or other accident, other injury-causing components (seatbelts, airbags, roof strength, door locks, seatbelts)  must be studied to see if any safety system failed to keep vehicle occupants safe.

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

Many 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 Problems

  • 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 Tire Brands

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

Defective Tire Lawsuit | Experienced Tire Defect Lawyer

If you or a loved one were involved in an injury accident which you believe caused by a defective tire, you may have a lawsuit against the tire maker, used tire seller, inspection station, or car repair shop. Call us for a free legal case review. Talk to a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer with 30+ years of tire defect litigation and rollover lawsuit experience.