It is easy to take our tires for granted, to assume they are working properly and that they will not suddenly blow out while on the roadway. Tragically, it is common for worn tires to fail and for serious accidents to occur as a result. However, in some cases, a tire may fail not because it is old but because it is defective. In such cases, the tire manufacturer can be held liable for the injuries suffered.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is in charge of monitoring defective products. Updated lists of recent recalls can be found on the safety agency’s official website, www.recalls.gov. It is important to remember that the process of recalling defective products to protect consumers is fallible. Simply because a product has not been recalled, it does not mean that it is safe. In cases involving defective tires, it is common for a number of accidents to occur before an investigation begins and for a full recall to occur only after there is substantial evidence that the tires are dangerous.
If you have been involved in an accident involving tire failure, it is important that you preserve the vehicle and the damaged tire for a thorough examination by an expert. The product manufacturer can be held liable for the injuries suffered through an auto product liability lawsuit if it can be determined that the product was defective, the defect resulted in an accident, and the accident resulted in the injuries and damages.