As product defect attorneys, it is important to us that companies take
responsibility when their products become dangerous to consumers. Many
times companies will issue recalls voluntarily in an effort to prevent
injuries as a result of their products' shortcomings. Unfortunately,
this is not always the case. Many times companies hesitate to announce
recalls and defects because of the financial hit they will likely face
as a result.
One such instance may be occurring with the Goodyear Dunlop D402 Harley
Davison tire. This motorcycle has been included in various failures in
the past believed to be attributed to the tires. The D402 tire is tubeless,
so it is required to rely on pressures of a tire bead against the wheel
rim flange so that an appropriate seal can be made. This area of the wheel
assembly is basically where the rim and rubber meet, so the smallest of
irregularities could pose a threat to the air seal. In the event of a
tire failure such as this, air pressure could drop so suddenly that the
tire's sidewall blows out completely. As of October 2014, there were
at least five cases in active litigation that involved the D402 tire.
According to litigating attorneys for injured consumers and family members
who lost loved ones, Goodyear and Dunlop have known about the problems
associated with the D402 tires for years without taking corrective action
in the manufacturing of the tires.
Motorcycle accidents are severe enough without adding the dangers of
defective tires. As we all know, tires are of utmost importance to any vehicle. A tire
blowout on a motorcycle would be nearly impossible to handle in a controlled
and safe manner, as there is little protection around cycle riders when
their vehicles overturn. We hope that these tires are soon included in
a product recall so that future injuries and deaths can be prevented if
the tires are, in fact, causing crashes.