Tires can be one of the most crucial parts of your car when it comes to keeping you safe while driving. Unfortunately, numerous tire recalls have occurred over the years, including more than one Hankook tire recall. While a recall helps get defective tires off of the road, it doesn’t remedy accidents or injuries that have already occurred from defective tires.
If injured in an accident caused by a defective Hankook tire, whether or not it’s subject to a Hankook tire recall, product liability law may provide you with the ability to recover compensation for damages. To begin the process of filing your claim, seek legal counsel.
A Brief History of Hankook Tire Recalls
Hankook Tire Co. is a Korean tire company founded in 1941, and established its first office in North America in 1981. Since that time, Hankook has become one of the world’s leading producers of tires. However, Hankook has also been the focal point of multiple tire recalls, as well as lawsuits, because of its manufacturing of defective tires.
The website SaferCar.gov, provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), details two Hankook tire recalls, one which took place in 2010 and the other in 2013. The first recall, in 2010, was for the Hankook DynaPro AS for premature wear of the sidewall tires. The second recall, in 2013, was of the Hankook DynaPro MT for tread separation leading to loss of vehicle control. In addition to the Hankook tire recalls, Hankook tires have received multiple complaints on the U.S. DOT website for tires that are not subject to a recall.
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Who’s liable in an accident involving a defective Hankook tire?
If you’re in an accident involving a defective product – subject to a Hankook tire recall or not – product liability law may offer you options to file a lawsuit. Product liability refers to the burden of responsibility that a manufacturer has to create a product free of hazards.
As such, if a Hankook tire was the cause of your accident because of the tire’s manufacturing or design defect, the manufacturer may be liable for your injuries and damages.
Hankook tires have been the subject of recalls for both tread separation and premature sidewall deterioration. Tread separation or premature sidewall wear can be the result of a manufacturing mistake or a design defect, including the following: using old or contaminated material or adhesives and not using the proper cooking temperatures during the tires’ manufacturing.
If your accident was the result of a manufacturing or design defect in a Hankook tire, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Tire failure, especially tire blowouts, can be associated with rollover accidents.
A rollover accident, or other accident caused by a defective tire, can cause serious injuries.
- broken bones.
- spine and neck injuries.
- head injuries.
- traumatic brain injuries.
- facial injuries.
- injuries that cause permanent disability.
- and, death.
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Legal Action if You are Victim of an Accident Involving a Defective Hankook Tire
Because of the complexities of product liability law and pursuing a defective product suit, seek help from an attorney. If you’ve been the victim of an accident involving a tire subject to a Hankook tire recall, the attorneys at Chalik & Chalik are ready to help. To get started filing your claim, for questions about how to prove your accident is related to a defective tire, or to receive a free case consultation, call us at 855-529-0269.