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Tire Blowouts vs. Tread Separations – Know the Difference (Part I)

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

Miami tire lawyers need to distinguish between what is commonly referred to as a “blowout” and a “tread separation” event. The term “blowout” is a misnomer when generically used to describe all types of tire failures. Newspaper reporters, Florida law enforcement, and attorneys commonly misuse the term “blowout.” To tire experts, vehicle dynamic engineers,… Read More »

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The Magic Nail – A Tire Defect Case Study

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

As Miami tire attorneys we had the opportunity last year to represent a young man who suffered catastrophic injuries in a tire defect case resulting in a rollover. The defendant who manufactured the tire defended the case on a theory that a nail, at some time prior to the tire failure, had punctured the… Read More »

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Impact – Real or Phantom Cause of Tire Failures?

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

Tire tread separations are a concern for drivers in South Florida because this phenomenon most typically occurs in hot weather climates. Tread separations occur when the tread and the top steel belt detach, and pull away from the underlying steel belt and the remainder of the carcass of the tire, leaving a tire stripped… Read More »

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The Recipe Matters – Even With Tires

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

There are two main enemies which break down a tire. One is heat and the other is oxygen. Warm weather makes Florida an area where drivers are more susceptible to tire failures, and tire design, particularly the tire ingredients are important to tire safety. A tire is a highly engineered composite of different materials… Read More »

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Nylon Overlays: An Important Tire Safety Feature

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

Florida drivers need to be aware of tire tread separations which are a phenomenon known to occur in hot weather climates. When a tread separation occurs, the tire tread and top steel belt detach from the carcass of the tire, typically resulting in loss of control of the vehicle, and often times followed by… Read More »

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Continental Tire Issues Nationwide Recall

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

On March 19, 2011, NHTSA announced that Continental Tires would be recalling 390,000 light truck tires. Approximately, 330,000 of the tires in question were original equipment in the 2008 and 2009 Ford F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks. An additional, 60,000 tires were sold as replacement tires. Continental issued the recall as a result of… Read More »

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Tread Separation- A Warm Weather Phenomenom

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

Tread Separation is a type of tire failure, that predominantly occurs in warm weather climates like South Florida, and is also known as “delamination” or “tread belt detachment.” It is characterized by the top layer of tread together with the top steel belt peeling away from the carcass of the tire. The tread may… Read More »

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Old Tires Are a Hidden Danger for Florida Drivers

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

Old tires are especially dangerous in hot climates like Florida. Over time the material properties of rubber break down and the rubber in tires loses its supple and elastic qualities, making it more subject to failure. Consider an old, brittle rubber band which loses its elasticity and breaks easily. While the notion that an… Read More »

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