The age of a tire can pose a greater risk in a tire tread separation accident. Over time, the treading on a tire wears down and is more likely to separate from the body. This does not mean that all tire tread separation accidents result from older tires. Tread separation accidents can arise from many… Read More
According to the US Department of Transportation, mechanical failure of a vehicle is responsible for just 2% of all crashes each year. The chances of your car having a defective auto part are rare. However, it is not zero.
Part manufacturers sometimes have to pay millions of dollars in recalls and settlements if a bad part gets out on the market. Because mechanical failure crashes are so rare and are not the fault of either driver, when it does happen they must be punished.
On this page, we have some frequently asked questions about defective auto parts. The key thing in these cases is to prove that it was a bad part that caused the crash and not one of the drivers or environmental conditions.
A good example is the Takata airbag scandal. In that case, airbag igniters broke down in the presence of humidity and caused an uncontrolled explosion during crashes. The excess gases ruptured the metal holding canister for the airbag and sent dangerous shrapnel into the car. There have been many injuries and several deaths from the issue. After many court battles, Takata is now shut down and millions of cars are still under recall to get the airbags replaced.
Most mechanical failure crashes are due to bad tires and bad brakes. Be sure to keep these in good condition. Learn how to inspect them for wear and get the parts replaced as needed. That will help you reduce the chances of being in a crash due to defective auto parts.
Defective tires are a problem for anyone, but they may pose extra danger to Florida drivers. The constant heat and humidity in Florida can affect the air pressure in the tires; this inconsistent or unexpected change in air pressure combined with a faulty tire can lead to serious accidents. There are several things all Florida… Read More
Florida residents should be more concerned with tire tread separation than other states for a few reasons: Florida is not subject to icy or snow-filled roads. Instead, it has consistently warm weather. Warm weather can affect your tires by expanding the air inside of the tire. The fluctuating air levels can lead to the tire’s… Read More
Yes, your tire can fall off while driving and cause an accident. The possibility of the driver losing control of the car or rolling over exists. In these situations, severe and costly injuries are possible. Additionally, the tire can cause injuries that extend beyond the car’s driver and/or passengers alone. After it has fallen off,… Read More
Tire tread separation occurs when the belts on the tire tear. Some common causes of tire tread separation include: Manufacturer and tire design defects Over-inflation/under-inflation of the tire Excessive wear and tear Damage to the tire Improper repair of a flat tire Unsafe and substandard tires What Happens When the Tire Tread Separates? When a… Read More
To receive compensation if your defective tire was recalled, you can request a refund from the manufacturer. However, in most cases, consumers with defective tires will receive a replacement, free of charge. If you replaced your tire before the manufacturer announced the recall, you may be able to demand reimbursement for both the tire cost… Read More
Tread separation is one of the most likely causes of a tire failure that leads to an accident. Tread separation occurs when the tread of the tire separates from the casing or body of the tire. When a tread separation occurs, a dangerous outcome is possible. A tread separation can cause you to lose control… Read More
Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc. (Kumho) and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Cooper Tire) have both recently issued recalls for defective tires. Kumho tires have been recalled recently for tire tread separation, and Cooper Tire recalled tires for a similar problem: tire belt separation. Both are tire defects that can lead to serious car accidents. Kumho… Read More
A tread separation accident occurs when the tread, or part of the tire that makes contact with the road, comes apart from the body of a tire and causes a car accident. Tread separation often leads to the inability to control your vehicle. Losing control of a vehicle especially on busy highway roads can be… Read More
Among the kinds of defects that can cause tires to be recalled are sidewall blisters, tread cracks and problems concerning tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). Sidewall blisters were the reason for the recall of the brand of tire known as Bluestar LQ size 8-14.5 for low platform trailers. The tires were made by China Manufacturers… Read More
Yes, the law mandates that tire manufacturers repair or replace tires that the consumer bought within five years of the time at which it was determined that the tires were defective. The consumer will not be charged for the repair or replacement. However, in order to have one’s recalled tire repaired or replaced, consumers are… Read More
In order to ensure that one is notified of a recall, it is recommended that consumers register with the manufacturer at the time at which they purchase tires. Thus, in the event of a recall, the manufacturer will be in possession of the consumer’s contact information. Alternatively, one can subscribe to the email alert service… Read More
People in Florida constantly cross paths with alligators, and we are not just referring to animals. In fact, road alligators are often in the middle of the roadway and on the side of the highway. So, what are we talking about? A rubber on the road is known as a “road alligator” because of its… Read More