Continental Tire North America has been at the center of lawsuits and recalls because of some of the brand’s defective tires that have resulted in injuries and deaths.
While many of these tires have been recalled, there are still thousands of defective Continental tires on the road today. In fact, an article published in November 2013 by KTVU News reveals that of 596,000 Continental tires recalled, it has only recovered less than 275,000.
If you have been the victim of an accident caused by a defective tire manufactured by Continental Tire North America, you may be entitled to damages for your injuries.
The Cause of Continental Tire Recalls
An investigation regarding the safety of Continental tires began in May of 2002 after a fatal accident, possibly as a result of defective tires, according to an article published in the New York Times in August of the same year. According to the article, the 2002 Continental tire recall was conducted because of the tires’ tread failure, and resulted in the recall of more than 500,000 of the company’s tires.
The recall involved tires used primarily for two-wheel drive Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators from the years 2000 and 2001. The defects in the tires have resulted in multiple personal injury claims against the company.
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What to Do if a Defective Continental Tire Caused an Accident
While safety measures such as recalls can help protect people from the dangers of defective tires, there are still many defective Continental tires on the road today. If you are the owner of a vehicle with Continental tires, the website SaferCar.gov can provide you with information concerning whether or not your tires are subject to a recall. If they are, you should stop using the tires immediately.
If you have been involved in an accident you believe was caused by a defective Continental tire, there are laws in place to protect you. Under Florida law, a person may pursue a defective product liability case if the manufacturer created an unsafe product that ultimately resulted in or contributed to an accident and resultant injuries and damages.
According to Florida Statutes Section 768.81(d), consumers may pursue a product liability action when the injuries sustained by a claimant are greater than what they would have been otherwise but for the defective product. If a Continental tire has injured you, a defective tire attorney can help navigating the legal system.
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Many people injured by defective tires manufactured by Continental Tire North America are already pursing claims against the company. If you’ve sustained an injury that was a result of a defective Continental tire, you too may be eligible to recover damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
For help understanding product liability law in Florida, demonstrating the negligence of Continental Tire, and proving that a defective tire caused your injury, hire the legal services of the attorneys at Chalik & Chalik. To get started filing your claim, call us today at 855-529-0269.
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