There are few things more important to vehicle safety than good tires. Well-designed tires are crucial to maintaining control of your vehicle, gripping the road especially during periods of inclement weather, and maintaining proper air pressure and overall function to prevent blowouts or other types of tire-related accidents.
Without properly-designed and -manufactured tires, a driver and other vehicle occupants are at risk for an accident that could result in severe injury or even death. Unfortunately, not all tires are designed and manufactured as they should be. Tires manufactured by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., for example, have been the focus of multiple recalls over the years.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Tires Recalled
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced in 2012 that it would recall 41,000 Wrangler Silent Armor tires. The recall was based on concerns that the tires could tear or separate at the tread, leading to accidents. In fact, in 2011, two people died in a tragic crash in Texas that involved defective Goodyear tires.
Goodyear even acknowledged that tread separation of 16-inch Load Range E light-truck tires had been linked to 15 deaths and an additional 120 injuries. A number of things can cause tire defects. In most cases, tire defects are a result of a design flaw or poor manufacturing standards.
Poor manufacturing standards could include:
- improper temperatures when “cooking” the tire materials;
- the use of old or ineffective materials or adhesives; or
- the contamination of tire materials by things such as moisture, rust, or sawdust.
If you are the owner of a tire or tires manufactured by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides an online service – SaferCar.gov – where consumers can search for tire recalls by brand name and tire line. Additionally, consumers can also sign up for email alerts through this service.
What to Do If Involved in an Accident Caused by a Goodyear Tire Defect
Being involved in a car accident is an event that is often emotionally traumatizing and physically debilitating. If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by a defective tire manufactured by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., you’re not alone. Many other people have filed suits against the company for defective tires and are fighting to get the compensation that they deserve.
If you’ve sustained injuries, you may be entitled to compensation too. A lawsuit may pursue compensation for damages like medical bills or lost wages related to your injuries. Many also recover compensation for pain and suffering they experience after a serious accident with long-lasting effects.
The attorneys at Chalik & Chalik know how important your case is, and are ready to work hard to get you the compensation that you need and to which you are entitled. For more information about how to pursue a defective tire lawsuit, what types of compensation you may be qualified to receive, and how to go about the process of filing your claim, call us today at 855-971-1662 to get started.