From premature separation to cracking sidewall, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company has recalled a series of Kelly Springfield tires for a number of defects. Some of these recalls are serious, and increase a person’s risk of an accident.
Kelly Springfield 28575r245 Tire Recall
In March 2002, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company announced a recall of more than 10,345 units of Kelly Springfield Tires. The recall was linked to the risk of premature tread separation. According to the company, the defect could cause the driver to potentially lose control of the vehicle, contributing to a rollover accident.
Kelly Springfield P20570r14 Tires
The 2002 recall wasn’t the first time that owners of Kelly tires faced problems. In 1998, the company had recalled more than 500,000 tires because of the potential for circumferential cracking in the lower sidewall, contributing to tire failure. About 594,853 tires were included in this recall.
Kelly Springfield P1957514 Tires
In 1990, Kelly Springfield recalled 76,699 tires because of a beading defect that could contribute to tire blowouts and premature tire failure.
The frightening thing about tire failure is that, for instance, a tire with tread that is separating doesn’t look that different from a safe tire, at least to the average car owner. Tire blowouts are immediate and violent, and require quick reaction skills, things that Americans aren’t taught in driving school.
What You Can Do To Protect Yourself from a Tire-Related Accident
As a responsible tire owner, you can do your part to protect yourself from accidents and injuries caused by defective tires. Sign up for recall alerts issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Log on to the NHTSA website
- Enter the tire manufacturer’s name
- Enter the brand name of the tire in the search box
- Review the list of tire recalls
Consumer rights websites like ConsumerAffairs.org also provide timely tire recall information.
If You think Your Car or Truck Accident was Caused by Faulty Tires
Victims of accidents caused by defective tires can file a claim against the company that sold the defective product that includes compensation for damages. Accident victims may recover compensation that includes medical expenses, lost wages and disability.
However, proving that the accident was caused by a tire blowout, or any kind of tire defect, is not easy. There are forensic investigations to conduct, and intensive examinations of the defective tire and the automobile to complete before you can establish that a defective tire contributed to your crash.
If you were injured in a car accident recently, and believe that the accident was caused by a defective tire, speak to a product liability attorney at Chalik and Chalik. Call 855-529-0269 to speak with an attorney at our firm, or fill out the online contact form and schedule a consultation. All initial consultations are free.