Tire failures, blowouts and detreads are foreseeable events. Manufacturers know that tire treads will wear with proper use and at some point fail if not serviced properly and replaced after their intended period of use has expired. Tire tread separation can be caused by bonding problems in the tire manufacturing process, contaminants introduced into the tire during the tire making process, under-vulcanization, old ingredients, improper sized components, or something as simple as air being trapped in between the layers of the tire during manufacturing. Detreading of these defective tires can result in single- or multi-vehicle accidents, or even rollovers.
Our firm is currently involved in several defective tire cases. In one case, Lapenna v. Cooper Tire Co., the decedents were driving a Ford Explorer down the interstate returning home after a visit with their son. The Cooper tire on the rear of the vehicle suffered a partial tread separation which caused the vehicle to go out of control. The vehicle rolled over resulting in the deaths of Mr. & Mrs. Lapenna, who were properly belted front seat occupants.
In Henderson v Goodyear, our client was seriously injured when the rear tire of his Harley-Davidson suddenly and catastrophically failed, causing our client to lose control of his motorcycle. Our client suffered serious and permanent personal physical injuries as a result. Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America, Ltd. and Harley-Davidson both were aware of the number of failures associated with this particular tire.
If you need more information on tire defects, contact Ben Baker or Rick Morrison at 800-898-2034 or by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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