One of our lawyers, Rick Morrison, sat down with WSFA-TV12 News reporter Mark Bullock last month to discuss the important topic of tire safety. The interview was shown on a recent episode of the station’s “12 News Defenders” program. Rick shared safety information that will help consumers determine the age of their tires. The tire industry now recommends that consumers keep tires no longer than six years, due to concerns about wear and breakdown from environmental factors. Air, heat and sunlight can cause the rubber in tires to break down.
Rick explained where to find the tire manufacturers’ code and how to read it to determine a tire’s age. Mark and the WSFA news team also conducted an undercover camera investigation to see how old some tires actually are that are on retailer’s shelves to be sold. Rick noted that sometimes tires can be held in a warehouse for months or even years before being sold, reducing the lifespan of the tire once it reaches the consumer. An old tire, even though it appears to be perfectly good, can be an “aged tire” and defective. That means the tire has the real potential to fail. Tire failure can result in a serious car crash and even a vehicle rollover accident, causing serious injury or even death to vehicle occupants. If any of our readers would like more information on this subject, contact Rick Morrison at 1-800-898-2034 or by email at Rick.Morrison@beasleyallen.com.
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