Tire Defects: Moisture and Foreign Matter Cured into the Tire
When objects or moisture is trapped in the tire during the curing process, it can cause tread or belt separations, which can lead to blowouts and accidents. Tire companies have a responsibility to ensure the tires they manufacture are safe and free from defects. If they make a mistake and their defects cause a consumer injury, they can be liable for the damages.
Tire Manufacturing Process
Tire manufacturing requires several steps. Any mistakes or contamination during the process can cause a single tire or a whole batch of tires to be defective.
- The manufacturer first must form the rubber compound. It uses rubber and a filler to create the compound. The manufacturer creates a flat sheet with the compound.
- Then the fabric and steel cords are coated with the rubber in a process referred to as belt and ply calendering.
- The company then produces the bead component.
- Next, the tire company prepares the tread, sidewall, and other components by feeding the rubber compound into the extruder barrel and it goes to the extruder head for shaping.
- The next step is building the tire.
- The tire manufacturer then manually assembles the green tire components on tire building.
- The fifth step is the curing vulcanizing process. It uses chemical reactions with heat and high-pressure condition. It’s in this stage that contamination via moisture and foreign objects can occur.
- Lastly, the manufacturer performs several inspections and then processes the tire for shipping.
Contamination during the Tire Curing Process
Materials and moisture can get trapped in the tire during the curing process and seriously compromise the adhesion and treading. This can cause the tire to underperform or malfunction later.
Below are just a few of the types of matter that’s been found in cured tires.
It’s essential for tire plant workers to take extreme care in their stations to prevent oversights during the curing process. Some manufacturers may neglect quality and thorough inspections and fail to catch these contaminants. Manufacturers should ensure their workers are fully competent and that their inspection process is up to snuff.
Tire-Related Crash Claims in Florida
If you were in an accident that you believe was the result of a faulty or defective tire issue, please call our accident attorneys at Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. We can review your accident and determine if you’re eligible to recover compensation for your damages. Contact us today at 855-529-0269 to schedule a consultation at your convenience.