Automotive Product Liability Series – Part 1: Tire Failure
Every major brand of tire has been the result of a widespread recall at some point. This includes familiar manufacturers such as Firestone, Uniroyal, Cooper and Dunlop. Michelin recalled 100,000 tires as recently as July 2013. Catastrophic tire failures occur every year and often with fatal consequences. Tire manufacturers sometimes try to increase production at the expense of quality construction. Rushing the tire curing process often leads to belt separations within the tire. When a tire de-treads at a high rate of speed, loss of control is almost inevitable. In many instances, stability loss is so great that certain vehicles like SUV’s and trucks actually roll over. In these terrible situations, loss of life and devastating injury are sadly often the result.
Tire manufacturers are some of the largest corporations in the world and they will go to great lengths to protect their business. There have been documented cases of private investigators paid for by tire manufacturers going to site of crashes to retrieve pieces of tread and other crucial evidence before a consumer even has an opportunity to consult with an attorney.
If you’ve been severely injured or lost a loved one as a result of a defective tire, please call Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP. As one of the nation’s largest plaintiff’s-only law firms, we have the resources and experience necessary to stand up to the largest tire manufacturers. Joseph T. Musso and Pauline Khamo, our automotive product liability lawyers, successfully litigated against some of the nation’s leading tire manufacturers. We are also members of national automotive product litigation groups so that they stay on the cutting edge of this ever changing legal landscape throughout every jurisdiction in the United States. Ashcraft & Gerel also retains the very best tire engineering experts in the country so that you have the very best on your side. We are here to help, providing nothing but our best legal services. To contact us for a free consultation, you can either call us at 800-829-7037 or fill out an online form.