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Hot pavement may increase risk of defective tire failure

As Labor Day weekend approaches and millions of Americans plan to hit the road, it’s a good time to remember that the tires on your car, truck, camper, or trailer have taken a beating on hot asphalt all summer long. It’s a great time to check your tires for any signs of excessive wear and tear or abnormalities. Remember, design and manufacturing flaws in tires can become deadly on blistering hot roads, so it’s always a good idea to keep tabs on your tire health. A tire tread separation caused Heidi Solis Perez to lose control of her Mercury Villager ... Read More

Feds Announce Two Tire Recalls; Problems Pose Crash Risk For Trucks

Federal auto safety regulators announced two tire recalls affecting thousands of tires made by Goodyear Tire and Rubber and Tireco Inc. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that the Goodyear tires are being recalled for an adhesion problem between the tread and the top belt. The agency said that the anomaly occurred during the curing press set-up operation. If unrepaired it may cause a dangerous separation of the tread from the tire, potentially resulting in a crash. The recall, which is expected to start Oct. 15, affects about 1,650 Goodyear G399A LHS tires, size 295/75R22.5 LRG, curing press ... Read More

Tire Industry Association Proposes New Rules To Improve Tire Safety Recalls

How to efficiently identify and recall defective tires is a problem manufacturers and government regulators alike have struggled with for decades. The Tire Industry Association, however, recently gave federal safety regulators some feedback on the issue, calling for an electronic identification system. Endowed with new authorities to improve safety recall completion rates, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on tire recall regulations, seeking public comment on how to better notify the public and improve the effectiveness of recalling defective tires over safety concerns. In response to NHTSA’s call for input, the ... Read More

NHTSA to investigate company’s failure to recall Chinese-made tires

Federal safety regulators are investigating potentially defective Chinese-made tires imported to the U.S. and sold under different brand names by a single distributor after finding that the tires were recalled under one importer but not another. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched the probe after receiving a tip from a law firm litigating a personal-injury case involving the tires. Lawyers in that case wrote to NHTSA alleging that eight sizes of Hercules Radial A/T tires made for light cars and trucks by Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Co. Ltd. remained on the road when virtually identical tires made by the ... Read More

Tire blowout causes deadly tractor trailer crash in Liberty, Texas

LIBERTY, Texas – A tire blowout is to blame for a truck driver losing control of his 18-wheeler and crashing early Tuesday morning on Interstate 45 in Huntsville, Texas. Driver Michael Bird, 56, was traveling in the right northbound lane on I-45 near exit 113 when the blowout on the right front tire occurred. Mr. Bird’s truck veered off the highway, colliding with a guardrail and hitting a concrete bridge support column head-on. The impact caused the truck to burst into flames with Mr. Bird still inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash also caused severe structural ... Read More

Tire blowout likely cause of deadly N.J. van crash, investigators say

Police investigating the deadly June 3 crash of a passenger van transporting produce workers say that a tire blowout is likely to blame for the crash, which killed two people and left four others seriously injured. New Jersey State Police say that a GMC passenger van driven by Romulo de la Cruz, 28, was traveling northbound on highway 55 when the front driver’s side tire blew out around 6 a.m., causing Mr. de la Cruz to lose control of the vehicle. The van left swerved off the highway and struck a tree, creating an impact that was “so severe the ... Read More

Defective tires are a deadly threat, yet tire recalls remain elusive

Defective tires are one of the most dangerous and potentially deadly automotive flaws that threaten motorists every day. But despite the danger, finding out whether a particular make and model of tire is subject to a recall remains a remarkably difficult and frustrating process for everyday consumers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 11,000 tire-related crashes occur every year, killing about 200 people. Current databases make it impossible to tell how many of these crashes are the result of improperly maintained or old tires, and how many are caused by manufacturer defects. And, when tries are known ... Read More

Bridgestone recalls thousands of defective Firestone tires

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced a recall of 127,183 Firestone FR380 tires manufactured by Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC. The tires, size P235/75R15, were made between September 9, 2007 through July 2, 2008. According to the NHTSA, the defective tires have an insufficient tread base gauge, which can cause vibration and groove cracking. Consumers who continue to drive with the tires may notice tread separation and distortion, which can lead to tire failure and cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Bridgestone is currently notifying its customers of the recall by mail. The company will replace, ... Read More