The tire tread separations represent an unfortunate defect steel-belted radial technology that is actively used for passenger and light trucks. It is difficult to obtain adhesion of steel to rubber and that is why there is always a potential for tread separation of all the steel-belted radial tires. This is especially important in hot weather and at high speed. Some of the most recent examples include the Goodyear Load Range E tires on 15 passenger vans, the Firestone Steeltex tires on Ford Excursions, the Continental General tires on Lincoln Navigators and the Firestone ATX and Wilderness tires of Ford Explorers.
Tire Blowouts And Tread Separation
Tread separation may lead to genuinely catastrophic results. The separation of tread belt often results in tire blowouts. Even in case the tire will not lose pressure, the vehicle operator could lose control over his vehicle when the tread and belt are separated. Over the years, rollover accidents that were caused by tread separation and tire blowouts resulted in thousands of traumatized and deceased individuals all over the nation.
An Overview Of Tire Defects
The majority of drivers are familiar with the notorious Ford/Firestone tire argument – one of the largest tire recalls in the entire history. By the end of the 20th century, Ford Motor Company has managed to install more than 14 million Bridgestone/Firestone ATX, ATX II as well as Wilderness AT tires on their Ford Explorer and other cars. Numerous reports of fatalities and crashes boosted an investigation by the NHTS (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) that discovered a defect in the Firestone tires. By that time, more than 300 collisions and crashes were attributed to these tires.
The defect largely caused tread separation, which resulted in many rollover accidents that involved Ford Explorers. In the end, Ford recalled all the 14 million tires. The booming scandal over the recalls was largely covered by the media due to a number of reasons. Aside from the scale of the recall, the media was also able to find a lot of issues quite interesting, including the money involved, various class action suits as well as the end of the relationship between Ford and Firestone, since they were blaming each other for their failures.
Vehicle Defect Recalls
One of the more common vehicle defect problems that is faced by the general public is the safety recalls of the motor vehicles. These recalls are in most cases investigated by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the vehicle manufacturers themselves, responding to the discovered defects in the vehicle or its components. Hence, it is crucial to know about the procedure that involves vehicle recalls as well as the responsibilities involved in the matter.
Investigation Of Tire Defects
If you or your loved ones have reasons to believe that your accident was a result of tire defects, it is crucial not to lose time and to get in touch with a qualified as well as genuinely experienced legal representative at the earliest opportunity.
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