In recent years the media has brought to light the reported tire failure and/or tread separation product liability cases against Ford/Firestone. However many manufacturers such as General tires, Goodyear, Wilderness tires, Cooper tires, and Uniroyal-Goodrich tires have been involved in tire tread belt separation litigation. While tires, even with proper service will fail eventually. The tire manufacturing industry is well aware of the dangers associated with tread separation. There is an underlying difficulty for the manufactures in adhering the steel belted radial to rubber. These separations are the result of a manufacturing and design defects such as: improper adhesion, allowing foreign bodies or contaminants within the tire during the manufacturing process, under-vulcanization, old ingredients or aged rubber stock, and lack of quality control during final inspection before releasing the tire to consumers.
Many tire plant manufacturers have their employees working twelve hour shifts with very stressful environments. These tire separation risks seem to be increased in the summer months when roadway temperatures are warmer coupled with highway or freeway speeds. Nonetheless, these tread separations are foreseeable events and can be avoided. Recent technology has discovered that nylon overlays used will significantly reduce the risk of tread separation. Many tread separation failures result in motor vehicle accidents or rollover accidents with catastrophic injuries, brain injuries, and sometimes death. If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident as a result of a tire failure or tire tread separation contact Benson & Bingham at 702-382-9797. We have the experts standing by to inspect your tires.