Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began recalling defective vehicles, child restraints, and tires, it has reported multiple recalls of Yokohama tires. As tires are one of the most important safety features of a car, a defective tire—like one manufactured by Yokohama Tire Corporation—can be extremely dangerous to a driver, passengers, and others who share the road.
If you’ve been the victim of an accident in Florida caused by a defective Yokohama tire, product liability law may protect you. For help understanding your case, seek the advice of an attorney. Below is more information about Yokohama tire recalls and how product liability law may apply.
Who’s responsible for your accident?
When a company manufactures a product for public use, the company is responsible for ensuring that the product is safe and free from defects that could potentially cause injury.
Product liability law holds the manufacturer of a product legally responsible if the product is the cause of harm to a consumer. Therefore, if you were involved in an accident caused by a defective Yokohama tire, and sustained injuries that you wouldn’t have sustained but for the defective tire, then Yokohama may be liable for your injuries and other damages.
If a defective Yokohama tire caused your accident, you may have reason to hold Yokohama responsible for the costs of your medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
Below is a brief overview of Yokohama recalls. Yokohama tire recalls may help prevent accidents that might otherwise result from the defect, but others are not so lucky to avoid an accident.
A History of Yokohama Tire Recalls
Yokohama is a Japanese tire company that originally opened as Yokohama Rubber Company in 1917 in Tokyo. By 1969, though, Yokohama had entered the U.S. market and began creating tires after opening an office in Los Angeles. Today, Yokohama is one of the leading producers of tires in the world.
While Yokohama has manufactured many safe tires over the years, it has also been to blame for multiple reports of defective tires. This has led to some Yokohama tire recalls of which consumers should be aware.
According to SafeCar.gov, provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the following is a brief history of Yokohama tire recalls.
- January 25, 2005: Four different models of Yokohoma tires are involved in a recall that also affects Continental, Toyo, and General tires. The cause of the recall is said to be overall reduction in durability of the tires, which if driven, could result in a crash.
- January 21, 2010: Yokohoma is involved in tire recalls for missing a Tire Identification Number (TIN) on both sides of the tire. A TIN is necessary for tire identification in case that a safety-related performance issue were to be discovered in the future.
- October 2, 2012: Yokohama recalls tires manufactured in 2009 for “rapid air loss” while the vehicle is in use, which could lead to a crash.
- Oct. 17, 2013: Yokohoma tires missing load/inflation markings are recalled.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident that involved a Yokohama tire – whether or not it was the subject of a recall – an attorney can provide you with more information about product liability law.
Seek Legal Help Now If You’ve Been Injured
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Whether or not the tire was subject to a Yokohama tire recall, the attorneys at Chalik & Chalik can guide you through what types of compensation you may be eligible to receive if the tire was defective. We can also help prove the defective tire caused your accident and can help you establish the value of your damages.
For help filing your claim after a defective tire-related accident in Florida, call Chalik & Chalik now at 855-971-1662.