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Tread Separation Concerns Spur Goodyear Tire Recall

By Car Accident Help on February 29, 2012

Goodyear Tires has issued a defective product recall for about 41,000 Wrangler Silent Armor tires over concerns that the tread could separate and cause a car accident. According to an Associated Press news report, the Goodyear tires involved in this recall can be found on trucks, vans, and SUVs, and were made in 2009. About 27,000 of the recalled tires are now in service. In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the tire maker states that the tread separation could occur “under severe usage conditions.” There is also the danger of a separated tread striking the car and damaging it, or worse, causing a tire failure.

When the recall begins on March 22, Goodyear will replace the recalled tires at no cost to consumers. The recall comes after a fatal rollover accident in Texas earlier this year took the lives of two people. Goodyear has apparently known about these problems for more than a year. The tire maker told the NHTSA that it has been looking at an increase in warranty claims relating to this issue since 2010.

It is indeed unfortunate that it took a tragic accident to prompt this much-needed recall. While tire tread separation can be dangerous for any type of vehicle, it can be devastating when it occurs with an SUV or pickup truck. These vehicles, due to their shape and design, have more of a tendency to roll over in case of tire failure. In such cases, it can be very difficult even for an experienced driver to regain control of the vehicle.

Victims of defective products can seek compensation for their losses by filing a products liability claim against the manufacturer of the faulty product. The experienced Oklahoma product defect attorneys at The Maples Law Firm have a long and successful track record of fighting negligent corporations on behalf of injured victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective product, please call our offices at (888) 226-6159 to obtain more information about your legal rights and options.

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