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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