Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company has announced a new recall of tires that includes as many as 45,500 tires installed in many General Motors SUVs. The company says that the recall is linked to possible defects in the tire tread. The company became aware of those defects during endurance testing.
General Motors has already taken action to reduce the risk of injuries involving tire blowouts on these vehicles. It has stopped sales of approximately 6,300 GMC Arcadia, Buick Enclave, and Chevrolet Traverse cars.
Tires Included in the Recall
The tires that are included in this recall are the 18-Inch Fortera Hl tires. The tires were manufactured between November 30 and January 10. The company is currently working together with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on implementing the recall. No other automakers have these tires installed in their cars. General Motors is soon expected to issue a recall for the vehicles with the defective tires.
What You Should Do if You Own These Tires
A tire tread separation defect is very serious, and increases the risk of a blowout while the vehicle is in operation. A tire blowout can cause a vehicle to roll over, or cause a driver to lose control over the vehicle. It’s important to take these defects seriously, and get in touch with your authorized Goodyear dealer immediately.
Contact your local Goodyear store for more information about what you can do to get your tires replaced for free. The company is offering a free replacement of the tires with a similar 18-inch tire. You can get the tires replaced at the store. You can also contact Goodyear customer service at 1-800-321-2136.
Seeking Compensation for Accidents Caused by a Tire Defect
When a defective tire blows out, a driver is possibly in danger of losing control of his car, or the vehicle may flip over. Occupants are at serious risk of injuries or fatalities in such accidents. Victims of accidents involving defective tires may seek compensation from a number of sources for their losses. Apart from the tire manufacturer, you can name other parties, like the retailer, and distributor of the tire in a product liability claim.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a defective tire, speak to an attorney at our firm, Chalik and Chalik. Call 855-529-0269 to speak with a lawyer, or fill out the online form and schedule a consultation.