Tire defects are a frequent cause of car accidents that result in injuries and lead to lawsuits. When a tire is believed to be defective, the lawsuit is usually filed against the manufacturer. In some cases, however, the suit might also be filed against the dealer of the tire or even a mechanic who performed maintenance on the tire.
Tires may appear to be simple parts made of nothing more than rubber, but they are actually complex and made of many different materials, including oils, silica, steel, and adhesives. If the manufacturer uses cheaper adhesives or does not cook the tire properly in the production process, a defect can occur. Contaminants can also enter the rubber during production and cause problems with tires. These would be considered manufacturing defects.
On the other hand, in some instances, the design of the tire is the problem. The steel belts, for example, might be the wrong size. This is a common reason for the separation of the tread from the belts, which is implicated in a number of accidents every year.
Not long ago, a great many accidents occurred after tire blowouts in SUVs when the tire tread separated, causing the vehicles to roll over. (SUVs are particularly vulnerable to rollovers because the bottom of the vehicle is lighter than the top.) Blowouts may also be the result of a defect in the tire’s rim that then punctures the tire.
While it is rare, a tire can sometimes explode while it is being inflated, causing serious injuries. When this happens, the reason for the explosion can be tough to pinpoint. It could be a tire defect, or it could be a problem with the air compression device, for example.
As you can see, tire defects can be responsible for serious accidents that can lead to permanent, debilitating injuries or death.
Products Liability Law for Tire Defects
Properly manufactured and designed tires provide a vehicle with adequate traction and safety. Sometimes, though, tires are defective. This may occur because of a design or manufacturing defect. Not every tire defect will result in an accident that causes injury to the occupants of the vehicle. However, when an injury is sustained because of a defective tire, the injured person may bring a products liability claim against the manufacturer or the commercial seller of the tire. In this case, the person needs a lawyers trained in this field to represent him or her in the court of law. The Ammons Law Firm LLP is a firm which handles these cases.
Products liability law allows a user, buyer, or bystander to recover damages for injuries caused by a defective product. The basis of a products liability claim relies on the theories of negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty.
Types of Tire Defects
There are three types of product liability defects:
o Manufacturing defects: A tire defect that is the result of the manufacturing process occurs when there is a mistake during the construction of the tire. Consequently, the defective tire is different from the other tires manufactured in the same product line.
o Design defects: A design defect occurs when a manufacturer creates an inadequately designed tire that is unable to function as a well-designed tire normally would.
o Inadequate warnings: A tire manufacturer must provide adequate warnings about the tire. Failure to provide safety information may constitute a defective product.
It is always important to hire experienced lawyers who will make sure you will get your compensation.