The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has come out with new recommendations after a report reveals that tire recalls are greatly ineffective. Citing communication issues, the report reveals that the current system is not protecting consumers against harm as over 500 deaths occur each year as a result of defective tires, a tire blowout attorney notes.
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NTSB: Drivers Often Unaware Tires Have Been Recalled
According to a new report from the NTSB, consumers are often unaware that they may be driving with tires on their vehicle that have been recalled. NBC News reports that during a four-year span, the number of tires recalled amounted to over three million. When a recall is issued, it is estimated that less than half of those tires are actually being pulled off of vehicles. Furthermore, defective tires are responsible for over 500 fatalities and 33,000 accidents each year nationwide.
The report indicates that the inefficiency of the current recall system is due to a lack of communication among consumers, mechanics, tire manufacturers and tire dealers. Many tire dealers do not bother with registering the tires they sell, since they don’t have to. As a result, consumers and mechanics are often in the dark when a recall is issued. To rectify the problem, the NTSB is recommending to consumers that they take it upon themselves to register the tires they purchase, and that a mandatory tire registration should be put into place by Congress, the website reported.
Injured Drivers or Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation
Tire corporations are responsible for producing safe and reliable products. If this duty is not fulfilled, fatal accidents may occur, and the manufacturer can be held liable for injuries that may result.
Drivers or passengers who are injured in an accident and believe that a defective tire was to blame, may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income or ability to work
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from an injury
If a driver or passenger is killed as a result of defective tire, his or her family members may be able to pursue compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages can include:
- Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
- Loss of relationship or a loved one’s financial support
- Funeral expenses
People who have been injured in an accident involving defective tires are advised to seek the advice of a product liability attorney to help them protect their legal rights.
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