If you’re the owner of a car, you know that a lot of work goes into making sure that it is in tip-top shape. Frequent oil changes, car washes, tune-ups, and more are just a few of the things required to keep your car looking good and running safely. Another part of car maintenance that is essential to the safety of a vehicle is tire maintenance.
Tires that aren’t safe can be a huge problem on the road, and lead to approximately 11,000 accidents each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unfortunately, even regular inspection of tires for wear and tear isn’t always enough to prevent an unsafe tire from causing an accident. One tire problem that may cause accidents is tire separation on radial and bias ply tires.
What is radial and bias ply tire separation?
The main difference between radial and bias ply tires is that in a radial tire, the sidewall and the tread are two separate features bound together to create the tire. In a bias ply tire, multiple piles of rubber are overlapped, creating a thick layer. However, the sidewalls of bias ply tires are also interdependent. As such, both radial and bias ply tires can experience separation.
Separation occurs when one part of the tire separates itself from another part of a tire, usually a separation between the tread and the casing (tire body), or a sidewall separation. When separation occurs, the tires become weak and dangerous, increasing their risk of a blowout.
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Causes of Radial/Bias Ply Tire Separation
Tires can experience tread and sidewall separation issues for a variety of reasons. Common causes of radial/bias ply separation are as follows.
- manufacturing defects, such as a mistake during the chemical process.
- design defects.
- tire abuse.
- excessive tire wear.
- incorrect flat repair.
- and, improper care of tires, such as constantly under-inflating tires.
In many cases, a manufacturing defect that creates a weakness in casing, or under-inflation over a long period of time, are the most common reasons for radial/bias ply tire separation.
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Dangers of Tire Tread and Sidewall Separation
is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to a tire, and can put the driver of the vehicle and everyone else around at risk.
A separation can lead to a tire blowout, which in turn can lead to one of these even more serious accidents.
- head-on collisions.
- rollover accidents.
- road run-offs.
- side impact incidents.
- and, more.
Often times, the injuries sustained from these accidents are severe, if not deadly.
It’s important to check your tires routinely for proper air pressure, and to do a thorough inspection for any sidewall cracks, bulges, excessive tread wear, blisters, or any other irregularities, all may be signs of tread separation.
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If You’ve Been In an Accident, Call Chalik & Chalik
If you’ve been in an accident caused by tire separation, contact the attorneys at Chalik & Chalik today. Our team of defective tire attorneys knows how to get to the bottom of a problem, and will work hard to find out the cause of your tire’s failure, as well as who’s responsible for the failure. The manufacturer or the tire or a tire repair or maintenance service center may be liable, depending on the cause of the accident.
In Florida, you have four years from the date of your accident to pursue a personal injury suit. Our attorneys are ready to take on your case, and are ready to answer all of your tough legal questions. To get started now, call us today at 855-529-0269.
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