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Product Liability: Tires

Many people hardly give their tires a second thought unless there’s a problem. A flat tire can certainly ruin your day. A blowout can cause an accident or rollover crash. While many of us trust tire manufacturers to produce safe tires that are roadworthy, that’s just not always the case. When tires are defective, they put lives on U.S. roadways at great risk for injury causing or potentially fatal accidents. In vehicles with high centers of gravity, there is a major concern for rollover accidents when tires blowout at high speeds. Even at relatively low speeds, a tire blowout can cause a serious problem for motorists. If you think a defective tire caused your injury accident, speak with a lawyer as soon as possible about your claim.

Manufacturing Defects in Tires

Like any product, we expect tires to perform as they’re designed and up to the appropriate safety standards. When tires are made with manufacturing or design defects, they can have catastrophic failures during use. The last thing you need is to trust a defective tire at interstate speeds. If you suspect a manufacturing defect caused your accident, you need to contact the manufacturer of the tire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a lawyer who has proven product liability case experience.

Tread Separation

Tread separation is a serious concern when we’re talking about defective tires. If a tire’s tread separates from the rest of the tire, catastrophic failures and blowouts can occur. Unfortunately, tread separation due to a defect often occurs at high speeds. If your defective tire experiences tread separation on an interstate or a highway, you and all of the occupants in your vehicle are put at risk. Blowouts in SUVS and trucks at high speeds might cause vehicles to rollover. Everybody remembers the Firestone tire recall that involved millions of defective tires.


Under normal conditions, tires shouldn’t just blowout during regular use. If you’ve had a blowout, it’s important to understand what happened. Was the tire old? Did you run over a nail or some type of debris in the roadway that could have caused it? Was the tire properly inflated? If many of the answers to these questions can’t solve the mystery, you might be dealing with a defective tire. Raise your concerns with your personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Defective Tire Recalls

Recalls get initiated after investigations happen. Investigations happen when consumer complaints and reports of product failures are made. If you suffered from an accident caused by a suspected defective tire, you need to contact the tire’s manufacturer immediately and file a report. If the manufacturer gets a certain amount of reports or complaints, they have to conduct an investigation and then may potentially issue a recall.

Injuries and Expenses Associated With Defective Tires

Depending upon the severity of your injuries and accident, you could be looking at anywhere from a few days or weeks in the hospitals to months or longer. If a rollover accident occurred due to tread separation and a blowout, you might have lost loved ones. The expenses associated with these types of crashes can be very costly. Initial hospital bills are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re in the hospital, you’re not at work bringing home a paycheck. Injury causing car accidents can put a severe financial strain on families.

Jackson Defective Tire Lawyer

After any kind of car accident involving a suspected defective auto part or tire, it’s critical to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has proven product liability case experience. A lawyer can be your advocate and fight for your rights as you recover from your injuries. You could be out of work and in the hospital for an extended period of time, so it’s important to have somebody on your side, looking out for you and helping to ensure you get the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills, property damage, lost wages and other expenses associated with the accident. The only way these types of accidents can be prevented is by standing up the industries and manufacturers that put dangerous and defective products on the market. Nobody should have to lose a loved one because of a preventable manufacturing defect.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a suspected defective tire in Jackson or in any of the surrounding Metro Area communities, contact the skilled and proven Product Liability team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

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