Taking Action for Victims of Accidents Caused by Tire Defects
Public awareness of the dangers of tire defects and resulting blowouts increased dramatically in 2001 with a mass recall of millions of Bridgestone and Firestone-brand tires. Specifically, many people who had never heard the term "tread separation" learned that tire blowouts due to defects had caused many pickup and SUV rollovers and other severe accidents that killed and injured hundreds of people prior to the recall.
At Reiff & Bily, our attorneys stay informed of all tire recall announcements and, when investigating a serious auto accident, we make certain to look for any evidence indicating tire failure may have been a factor. If a car, truck, SUV or motorcycle accident has caused a catastrophic injury or death in your family, please contact us for skilled legal counsel.
Extensive, Current Knowledge of Tire Manufacturing Defects and Recalls
Unfortunately, increased awareness has not eliminated the dangers of tire blowouts and other failures related to tire manufacturing defects. In addition to defective Bridgestone and Firestone tires still on the roads, more recent recalls have involved nearly every other well-known manufacturer and brand, including Cooper, Dunlop, General and Goodyear tires. Manufacturing problems identified have included:
- Use of contaminated rubber and inadequate curing of tires, causing a susceptibility to cracking and splitting
- Failure to apply effective materials and processes to achieve adhesion between steel belts and tire rubber
- The deadly combination of tire defects with the high center of gravity common to many SUVs and vans, creating a high likelihood of vehicle rollover when a blowout occurs, in an accident or when swerving to avoid one
The auto companies often take extreme measures when they learn of a serious accident potentially related to a tire or other component defect. They have their own investigators and "recovery teams" devoted to minimizing the likelihood of litigation and negative publicity. We are fully aware of their strategies and techniques — and the investigators we use are thorough, diligent and determined when visiting an accident scene.
Call (800) 421-9595 as Soon as Possible After a Serious Motor Vehicle Accident
Our Philadelphia-based lawyers have an impressive track record of success pursuing monetary compensation for people harmed because of manufacturers' negligence. Throughout eastern Pennsylvania and nationwide, we are a trusted resource for representation in complex personal injury and wrongful death litigation. For a free evaluation of your potential case, please call or e-mail us today.