When purchasing a vehicle or vehicle parts, the last thing that most people expect is for that vehicle or vehicle parts to cause them harm. Instead, the majority of consumers assume that the products they purchase will not only provide convenience to their lives, but also contribute to their safety. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle traffic accidents resulted in 33,687 deaths in the United States in 2010, and far more injuries. Of these accidents and injuries, defective vehicles or vehicle parts, such as tires, were sometimes the cause. One tire company that has been subject to recalls and lawsuits is Cooper Tire and Rubber Company.
If you own Cooper tires, the following provides information about where to learn about Cooper Tire recalls, what you can expect in the event of a recall, and what to do if you’ve been injured as a result of a defective Cooper tire.
How to Find Out if a Tire is Subject to a Recall
SaferCar.gov, a website operated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is a great resource for discovering what brands, sizes, and lines of tires have been recalled. The website shows that Cooper Tire and Rubber Company tires have been subject to various complaints for multiple types of the company’s tires.
On SaferCar.gov, an individual may also opt to sign up for email updates regarding the most recent recalls. If your tires are recalled, expect to be notified by the manufacturer. Additionally, the manufacturer should offer you replacement tires for free or issue you a refund.
Cooper Tire and Rubber Company Recalls
In February 2002, Cooper Tire and Rubber Company recalled 3,368 tires for defects in pinholes in the tires and possible inner-liner tears. In August 2005, Cooper Tire had to recall more than 49,000 tires because of problems with loss of air pressure.
In June 2012, Cooper Tire and Rubber Company was also forced to recall 10,236 SUV and truck tires for possible issues with tread separation. Additionally, Cooper Tire and Rubber Company has been the focal point of multiple lawsuits in the United States over the years.
If you’ve been involved in an accident involving Cooper tires, seek legal advice immediately to review your case and legal options.
Seek Legal Counsel with Chalik & Chalik
While diligently checking your tires for defects or searching the Internet for information about recalls can sometimes prevent an accident, the fact is, accidents often happen regardless of how hard you try to prevent them. If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by a tire manufactured by Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, you may be entitled to compensation for your personal injury and damages.
If you’ve been the victim of an accident in Florida, the attorneys at Chalik & Chalik can help guide you through the process of filing your claim, and provide you with more information about the types of compensation you may be able to recover. Call us today to get started: 855-529-0269.