Defective Tires Are Dangerous
The main safety concern of the general public when it comes to vehicles is the construction of the frame, the integrity of the various engine components, the brake system, and the safety features. Few give much thought to whether the tires they put on their ultra-safe vehicle pass safety standards, or if they are even the correct ones for the vehicle. And yet tires are at the ground level, so to speak, of the vehicle’s safety. If the tires are defective, installed incorrectly, or incompatible with the type of vehicle, disaster can strike in the blink of an eye.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just begun an investigation into suspected defects in the Michelin XZA 295/60/R22.5 tires that made it dangerous when used in the steer axle. It has already believed to have caused 7 accidents, 5 of which was on one fleet. Fortunately, no one was reported to have been killed or injured.
But this can happen very easily, as documented by the hundreds of people who were tooling along unaware that they were on their last trip until a tire blew out or de-threaded because it was defective. Even in a relatively safe state such as Tennessee, any Tennessee personal injury attorney will say that safe driving habits are not a foolproof shield against a defective tire.
There have been numerous instances when tire makers were obliged to recall millions of tires from store shelves because their products were substandard. But it is a mistake to presume that because a recall was made that these defective products are no longer in the market. Due in a large part to the inefficient recall system in the US and the sublime ignorance of most motorists about this system, thousands of previously recalled tires are still being sold, knowingly or unknowingly.
If you have been seriously injured or an immediate family killed due to a defective tire, you have the right to seek compensation. Consult with a personal injury in your area for more information.