Automobiles are made of countless parts and components, each with a specific
purpose and responsibility to the overall health of the vehicle. One of
the most important components of vehicle safety is ensuring the tires
are reliable and well-maintained. Tire failure often causes accidents
because vehicles become nearly uncontrollable in the event of a blowout
or detread. These types of incidents many times lead to disastrous outcomes,
so we urge all drivers to take responsibility for ensuring their vehicles’
tires are in good shape. While it is sometimes impossible to prevent a
blowout or tire defect, sometimes regular vehicle servicing is the difference
between a safe drive and a tragic crash. There are certain
tire care safety tips you can keep in mind to prevent these types of unfortunate events from
In the event that an auto accident is caused by a tire defect or recall,
the manufacturer can be held liable for losses and damages. When prosecuting
a tire defect case, there are a variety of issues for product defect attorneys
to keep in mind. These are based off historic experience in product defect
- Improper design or manufacturing: tire failure is commonly caused by tread
separation, which can be attributed to poor design or development. Sometimes
it’s as simple as a tire having been exposed to contaminants or
elements that cause rubber to break down while in the factory.
- DPT Serial Number: found on the wall of tires, these numbering systems
detail manufacturing information and age, two important factors in a legal
claim. These details are imperative to the discovery process.
- Age of the tire: Components dry out as tires age, which leads to deteriorating
rubber and adhesion break down. If the cause of a crash is age and your
vehicle’s tires are more than six years old, it is unlikely that
fault will be assigned to the manufacturer. Owners should always change
tires before the six-year age limit (sooner depending on how often the
vehicle is driven).
Recalls on products: manufacturers have an obligation to alert the general
public to issues involving their products, including tires. If they do
not report a known defect or fail to correct a known issue, they can be
held liable for damages. Unfortunately, the current
tire recall system is ineffective, allowing service center to use defective tires.
Tires are the only thing separating your vehicle from the roadway, and
likely a collision, so it’s important to take proper care of them.
Unfortunately, an owner taking care of their vehicle may not guarantee
their safety. Product recalls and defects are common and there are countless
lawsuits currently ongoing in relation to vehicle defects. If you or someone
you love have been injured in a crash that was attributed to a defective
product, call Jones & Swanson today for assistance and legal expertise.