Owners of cars that come equipped with Goodyear tires must know of a new recall that includes potentially thousands of defective Goodyear tires. The company has recalled more than 41,000 tires for a potential tread separation problem that has already been linked to at least one fatal accident.
The recall involves 41,914 Wrangler Silent Armor fires. According to Goodyear, it became aware of the problem after a spike in warranty claims involving the tires in 2010. The tires were manufactured in 2009.
According to the company, the tire defect is linked to a potential tread separation problem which can cause the tread to become separated from the tire, leading to a possible blowout. The problem involves tires that have been installed in pickup trucks and SUVs.
The tread separation has been linked to at least one fatal accident in Texas. In that accident, 2 college students who were traveling in their Ford F-150 pickup were killed when their pickup truck rolled over. The tire on the pickup blew out, causing the motorist to lose control of the vehicle, and leading to a fatal rollover. The tires on the pickup truck were part of the Wrangler Silent Armor range by Goodyear. The 2 young men who were killed in the accident were in their 20s.
Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of more than 40,000 Goodyear tires. The tires included in the recall have a built date between March 1, 2009 and May 30, 2009. The tires include the following numbers-
- LT285/70R17 LRD
In the best case scenario, the tire tread separation may cause body damage to the vehicle when the tread separates and slaps against the outside of the vehicle. In the worst-case scenario, the motorist may lose control of the vehicle, leading to a rollover.
Rollover accidents are some of the most catastrophic accidents that car accident lawyers come cross. Approximately 3% of all auto accidents every year comprise of rollovers. However, these accidents contribute to more than 30% of all accident fatalities. The number of rollover accidents has been dropping ever since automakers began installing electronic stability control systems on automobiles. Now, most new automobiles come with electronic stability control, which allows the driver to maintain control of the vehicle, when the vehicle is in danger of spinning out of control and flipping over. However, tire blowouts are an equally important factor in rollover accidents every year.