We rely on our vehicles to be safe and reliable so they can get us where we need to go each day. Unfortunately, sometimes vehicle tires will have defects and problems which can lead to car accidents and even severe or life-threatening injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an estimated eight thousand accidents each year that lead to severe injury or death are caused by tires that had defectives that caused them to fail. If you or someone you know were involved in a car accident that you believe was caused by a defective tire or other car problem, then you should speak to a Tennessee car accident and defective product lawyer with the Higgins Firm. We will review your case and work with you to make sure that you get the compensation you may be entitled to by law for the injuries you have suffered.
The Discount Tire and America’s Tire stores are recalling almost 80,000 light truck and SUV replacement tires because the tread can separate. The chains started this recall because Discount Tire stated that it noticed premature separations on Pathfinder tires in February and started testing them. It found that the rubber coating between the two steel belts in the tire wasn’t thick enough. If the steel belts crack, the tread could separate, increasing the risk of a crash.
The tires effected by this recall include Pathfinder tires that were made between August of 2013 and May of 2015. The tires with the defect were not sold after May 19th. The stores will notify owners of these tires and either offer them replacement tires for no charge or offer other refunds. Discount Tire stated that there are no reports of deaths or injuries due to the defect. The recalled was posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Tire tread separation is the most common cause of tire failure and it happens when the tread physically separates from the main part of the tire. Poor adhesion of the rubber to the steal belts is often the reason for tread separation and is often caused because of contamination due to moisture, rust, sulfur or chemical solvents used to remove excessive sulfur from steel belts that have become stale or the use of expired adhesives. If tread separation happens it can cause vehicles to roll over or drivers to lose control of the vehicle and this leads to serious injuries and even death.
In this case, the company did the right thing and recalled the defective products before any injuries or deaths occurred. Unfortunately, sometimes some companies will fail to properly notice or investigate problems that may cause injuries or they may ignore them altogether. If this happens, the company can be held responsible for the injuries and even death that may have occurred due to their failure to take proper action. If you or someone you love has been injured or even died in a car accident and you suspect that a vehicle or tire defect may have been to blame, then you should contact one of our experienced and caring car accident and defective product lawyers at the Higgins Firm. We know what a difficult and confusing time this must be for you and your family. We will answer any questions you may have and we will work with you to see to it that you receive any compensation that is rightfully yours for what you and your family have been through.
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