Defective Tires

Tires that suddenly blow out, break apart, or otherwise fail can cause cars, commercial trucks, and other vehicles to veer out of control, resulting in death and serious injuries. Millions of tires made by leading brands such as Firestone and Bridgestone and installed on Ford Explorers and other popular models have been recalled because of manufacturing defects that resulted in hundreds of traffic fatalities and injuries.

Millions of defective tires have been recalled in the last ten years. An estimated 15 million tires have been recalled due to manufacturing or design defects and other flaws that made them unsafe. Tires that are defectively designed or manufactured are far more likely to fail, even when the tires are properly maintained and the vehicle is being driven at safe speeds.

One of the largest defective tire recalls occurred in 2000, when about 15 million Bridgestone and Firestone tires installed on Ford Explorers and other vehicles were ordered off the roads. An estimated 200 motorists across the United States were killed and 700 more were injured in accidents caused by the defective tires.
In 2002, Bridgestone and Firestone recalled seven million tires. The tires included the Firestone ATX, Firestone ATX II, and Wilderness AT tires. In another incident, millions of Continental tires were recalled in 2002 because of manufacturing defects.
Tires that are not properly designed or are made with defective materials are far more likely to rupture and blow out on the road. Tire separation, where the tire tread separates from the tire, is a common and dangerous type of tire defect.
Some of the other most common tire defects include:

  • Tire blowout
  • Tire or rim explosion
  • Non-uniformity of tires
  • Tires that wear unevenly

There are several causes of tire blow out injury that are highly preventable. It is nearly impossible to create a tire that has absolutely no risk of causing tire blow out injury, but there are many things that can be done to reduce the risk. The causes include road hazards, maintenance issues (such as under-inflation, overloading, tire mismatching, excessive wear, and inadequate inspections) and tire design or manufacturing defects. Tire blow out injury is often the cause of negligence on behalf of tire manufacturers or tire repair and maintenance professionals. Injuries can be prevented if manufacturers are pressed to create safer more robust tire designs, improve overall vehicle design and control systems, and implement a more stringent production and inspection process. A more stringent tire repair and maintenance protocol for service professionals would also reduce the likelihood of tire blow out injury.

Drivers and passengers injured in car crashes caused by defective tires may have legal rights to recover damages for lost wages, medical costs, pain and suffering and much more. Consulting a personal injury tire defects expert will protect your right to recover damages for lost wages and for medical expenses.