Tire Failure Accident Injury
By Meaghan Olson
Many accidents are the direct result of tire failure. Tire failure can include blow-outs, tires separating from their rims, and issues involving tread wear.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 8,000 traffic accidents a year result in death or serious personal injury from tire failures.
Often, tire failure occurs from the vehicle owner not properly maintaining the tires-over- or under-inflating them or not having them adequately rotated. However, in recent years, we've all become aware of tire manufacturers selling faulty tires that feature poor materials, defects or design flaws.
Tire tread separation
This was the notorious defect of the Bridgestone/Firestone tires mounted on the Ford Explorer. These tires were linked to 271 deaths and resulted in several enormous lawsuits and settlements. Also, more than 25 million tires were recalled in 2000 and 2001.
When a tread belt separates it can cause a tire to blow out. At the very least, even without a blowout, it can make the driver lose control of the vehicle. If this happens at even relatively low speeds it can be disastrous, especially if it happens in slippery road conditions.
Needless to say, a blowout or any loss of vehicle control can lead to a serious accident and the associated injuries and deaths.
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