California Tire Recall Announcement
If you have been involved in a car accident as a result of a tire blow-out, tire failure, or defective tires made by Firestone or Bridgestone, here is some important information you should know.
Arguably one of the most critical auto safety recalls in the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced in August of 2000 that it was launching an investigation into the practices of Firestone’s ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires after receiving complaints that the tread was peeling from the tire tread causing numerous roll-overs, loss of control and other car, truck and particularly Ford Explorer Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) accidents.
A few days after the announcement by the NHTSA, Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. announced that it was recalling all Firestone ATX II tires, Radial ATX tires (P235/75R15) and Wilderness AT Tires (P235/75R15). It was estimated at the time that over 6.5 million tires were in use and had to be recalled.
After a preliminary investigation by Bridgestone/Firestone, it was announced that there is a higher reported number of accidents involving the above mentioned tire models along with a higher frequency of accidents in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, suggesting that the hot weather may have something to do with the accidents.
It has been a consensus that since the recall, tread separation due to the heat may have had a role to play in the tire blow-outs and roll-overs. When the tread peels off of the tire, the bald tire when driven on may cause the tire to cause a blow-out, or the driver to lose control or turn-over/roll-over. Many factors can play in such defective tires when considering a product liability claim including a manufacturing defect, a design defect.
Ford Motor Company was also involved in conducting its own investigation due to the high frequency that the Ford Explorer was involved in rollover or turn over which resulted in many severe accidents including injuries to the brain, spinal cord, permanent injury to the extremities, amputation and even death.
Tire blowout, tire explosions can be deadly if the driver loses control of the vehicle. Often times, the car is sent uncontrollably into a spiral or a flip causing rather weaker and less stable cars to cave in crushing the passengers. Since a rollover or flip can cause the roof of a car to cave in putting the passengers in danger of, brain injuries, paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia or death.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident as a result of a tire blowout, defective tires, tire malfunction, rollover, flipover or any other related car or suv accident, call today for a FREE consultation of your claim: (888) 845-9696.