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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. Read the rest »

Toyo Recalls Tires for Defects

By Car Accident Help on February 6, 2012

California-based Toyo Tires is recalling 66,000 tires that may have been made with a kink in the bead, which could lead to tire failure. According to a news report in Auto Week, the company will recall the P225/60R-16 Extensa A/S tires that were distributed in the United States from Sept. 20, 2009, to Nov. 6, 2010. Company officials say some of these tires have a manufacturing defect where they were made with a kink in the bead. This kink could lead to a crack near the bead, especially when the tire is underinflated. When left unattended, the crack could lead to sudden tire failure. The defective tires involved in this recall were manufactured in a Georgia plant and bear the “Made in the USA” label. Those who own these tires will be notified and will receive free replacement tires.

The statement that your life rides on your tires every time you get on the road is not an exaggeration. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), underinflation is the leading cause of tire failure. Underinflation can also affect vehicle handling and fuel consumption, but most importantly, it has a significant effect on overall safety. Underinflation can also lead to structural failures, such as tire tread separation. That is why it is critical to check and adjust tire pressure at least once a month and before every long trip. You can find your vehicle’s recommended pressures on a label located on the driver’s doorframe or in the glove box. Read the rest »


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