At Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A., we have handled different types of tire defect cases against almost every major manufacturer of tires in the world. Tire defect cases arise when a tire fails resulting in injury or death. Many tire failures are associated with rollover events or other roadway collisions which give rise to catastrophic injuries. There are different types of tire defect cases including the following:
Tire Tread Separations – A tire tread separation occurs when the top layer of tread and the outer steel belt peel away from the carcass of the tire, leaving the remainder of the tire intact but without the tread. The tread may peel away either completely or partially, but in either event the dynamics of the vehicle experiencing this type of tire failure will change dramatically and easily veer out of control, typically resulting in a rollover. Tire tread separation cases are often tragic because they usually occur suddenly and unexpectedly and at highway speeds.
Old Tire Cases – Tires degrade with age. Tires can become worn out through use when the tread wears down. But even without use on the roadway, tires simply deteriorate over time. In many cases, tires placed in the spare wheel position may age to the point that they are unsafe for use even though the tire looks brand new with plenty of tread. This deterioration promotes tread separation and other types of tire failures. Claims against manufacturers may involve the failure to use certain materials in the tire which combat the aging process, while both manufacturers and service companies may be responsible for the failure to warn about tire aging.
Negligent Tire Placement – Tire service companies follow industry standards for the placement of new tires on vehicles. If less than a full set of four new tires are purchased, the newest and best tires are typically placed on the rear, and the best of the remaining tires are, either rotated to, or kept on the front. Tire service companies should also be on the lookout for old, recalled or improperly repaired tires and make sure that they do not remain on vehicles when there is an opportunity to remove them.
Rental Vehicles with Defective Tires – When consumers lease vehicles from rental car companies there is an expectation that the vehicle will be in good mechanical repair, including the tires. When vehicles are rented with tires that are either unsafe or otherwise defective, we have brought claims against car rental companies for their responsibility in causing injury or harm. An example of vehicles rented with unsafe tires are tires that have tread that is too low or have an improper repair in the tire which may lead to a tire failure. Furthermore, rental car companies may also be responsible together with tire manufacturers for any harm caused by a tire failure as a result of a tire defect.
At Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A., we have experience in handling a broad spectrum of tire cases for over 30 years, including all of the types of tire cases listed above. If you or a loved one have suffered injury or harm as a result of a tire defect or tire failure, we invite you to call us so that we may analyze your case and act as an advocate in your corner.