If you are like many other car buyers, you may have evaluated a vehicle’s safety features and ratings prior to driving off the lot with the car. However, did you stop to consider each aspect of the car including the tires, both the four under the frame and the spare included with the vehicle? Tires should be researched and evaluated periodically for evidence of excessive wear and tear such as tread damage. However, tire tread separation can occur with little or no warning and cause devastating and sometimes fatal collisions.
If you or someone you love have sustained injuries in a car crash due to a faulty or defective tire, you may be entitled to hold a third party accountable for your condition. Attorney Group for Louisiana can provide you with a free case evaluation to determine if you are eligible to seek compensation for your injuries.
Louisiana Tire Recalls and Tire Tread Separation
Tire tread separations and malfunctions are one of the most common causes of tire recalls. Although it is necessary to regularly inspect your vehicle and tires for signs of tread damage or excessive wear, not all tires will show signs of defects prior to a blowout. However, in the event of a blowout, the tread, or the outermost rubber layer of the tire, separates from the bottom layers, causing a decrease in tire air pressure and forcing the driver to lose control of his vehicle.
In February 2013, one of the most recent tire recalls involved a line of Hercules tires from China reported to be subject to separation from the tread. According to an investigation, the company initiated a voluntary recall of tires for light-duty trucks that had been manufactured in China after receiving reports of the treads separating from the tires. The products in question included the 10-ply Load Range E tires that Hercules marketed in its Air Trac Line. All recalled tires are either 16 or 17 inches in diameter and mainly used on commercial vehicles.
Federal government safety regulators concluded that tire tread separation could severely impact a driver’s ability to maintain control of the truck, and the manufacturer has reported at least one accident resulting from tread separation. While the voluntary recall and replacement of the products is a positive step to avoid future incidents, it does not help to cover vehicular damage or injuries sustained that might have occurred prior to the voluntary recall in February 2013.
If an individual is hurt in a car crash, whether his own tire blew out or he was hit by another driver who had lost control of his vehicle due to tread separation, these individuals may be able to hold the tire manufacturer, car dealer or tire retailer accountable for injuries, vehicular damage and repair costs, pain and suffering and lost income. If you have questions about Louisiana tire recalls or about filing your own claim, contact an attorney today.
Are There Currently Any Louisiana Tire Recalls? We Can Help
If you have questions about potential Louisiana tire recalls or if you have been injured in a car accident and you feel that the collision occurred due to a faulty or defective tire, contact the affiliated attorneys at Attorney Group for Louisiana today. We will answer your questions to the best of our ability and provide you with a no-obligation consultation, free of charge, to determine if you have a valid claim. We will connect you with a professional attorney who is well-versed in Louisiana tire recalls and who will handle your case throughout the legal process.