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Tire blowouts can cause a vehicle to go out of control causing an auto accident. SUVs and other large vehicles are especially prone to SUV rollover accidents when tires blow. Defective tires can blow with no warning after very little mileage and may deceptively appear to be in good condition.
The famous Firestone recall was due to tread separation. When the steel and rubber in steel belted radials are not properly bonded together, the treads can separate causing a blowout. During the Firestone recall, many spare tires were not replaced. Now these tires not only suffer from the original defect but are old and even more likely to blow.
Other brands of tires have been recalled for defects that cause tread separation including those made by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Company in China and distributed by Foreign Tires Sales in the United States. Tread separation in these tires is due to insufficient gum strips used to hold the tires together.
Goodyear G159 275/70 22.5 tires installed on RVs from 1995 or 1996 through 2004 are also prone to separation because they were not designed to be used on such heavy vehicles.
A blowout can cause a catastrophic or deadly accident. Some common injuries from blowout accidents include:
The attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers have handled many defective auto claims, and we have the experience needed to help you receive the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by a tire blowout, our lawyers can evaluate your case and advise you on the best way to proceed.
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