Despite efforts to release quality products and despite industry standards, defective tires still go to market. By volume, Bridgestone is the largest tire maker in the world, according to Tire Safety Group. When a Bridgestone defect is announced, it should make headlines, and every Bridgestone tire owner should know about it. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
Issues with Bridgestone’s Reporting Practices
For all its popularly, however, Bridgestone defect reporting is sorely lacking. If and when there are issues with their products, the information often eludes consumers. The company has a section of its website dedicated to recall campaigns, but it appears the company fails to update its database regularly.
Case in point: As of June 2014, the last entry on Bridgestone’s defect recall campaigns page is dated June 2009. However, the last recall that the company actually issued was in November 2013. Therefore, the company’s database is likely not the best resource to determine whether or not your tires have been reported as defective or if they’ve been recalled. One of the best bets for getting safe tires is to identify a defective tire before purchase.
Where Can You Look for Info on Your Bridgestone Tires
Unfortunately, there is no nationwide database to search for defective tire reports or recalls by using the tire’s Department of Transportation (DOT) Tire Identification Number, or TIN. The only way to search for tire recalls is to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) safercar.gov website and use the search function.
To find defective Bridgestone tires on safercar.gov, click the Vehicle Owners Tab and then the “Tires” link. This will bring you to the NHTSA’s database of tire recalls, investigations and complaints. From there, you can search using your tire’s brand name (Bridgestone) and the tire line/tire size.
For instance, performing a search for Bridgestone all-season tires brought up 28 complaints from consumers, of which you can read the details. When investigating a Bridgestone defect, your search may pull up multiple reports. Using your search engine’s “Find” function can help expedite your search. You also can report any complaints you may have about your tires to the NHTSA on safercar.gov.
When Your Bridgestone Defect is Announced and Recalled
When your tire is under recall, the company is supposed to contact you and is required to provide you with a remedy. For instance, the most recent Bridgestone recall affected Firestone H63000 315/80R22.5 18-ply tires manufactured January 2012 through August 2013.
The problem is that these tires may lose pressure from a crack at the inner liner splice. Should this occur, the sidewall could form a bulge, which could result in:
- tire deflation;
- subsequent tire failure; and
- increased risk of a crash.
In the report, owners of Bridgestone defect tires should contact the company at 617-633-3026 to remedy the defect.
To stay up-to-date on Bridgestone defects, recalls, consumers can sign up for the NHTSA’s email alerts or RSS feed.
When Bridgestone Defects Lead to Injury Accidents
If a defective tire causes a collision and you or your passengers are injured, you may be able to file a claim to recover damages. To determine if this is feasible for your situation, you’ll want to contact a Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney for a consultation at Chalik & Chalik. Our law firm has handled many tire recall cases in the past, Bridgestone defects as well as other brands. Call today: 954-903-4199.