I have written on numerous occasions about the Goodyear G159 RV tire and the crashes, injuries and deaths it has caused. Goodyear originally designed the G159 tire for metro pickup and delivery trucks, such as those used by UPS. These vehicles are used in urban settings and not for extended trips for several hours at highway speeds. The design features that made the G159 tire appropriate for delivery trucks made it dangerous and prone to fail when used on large RVs driven at highway speeds. The tire’s thick tread and wide belt package caused the tire to run too hot and fail.
Goodyear sold the G159 as a RV tire from 1996-2003 because it did not make a tire specifically for RVs. During this time, Goodyear started to develop a tire designed specifically for RVs and to replace the G159. In 2003 Goodyear began selling the G670 RV for RV applications and, at first, it appeared that its issues with RV tires might be solved. Unfortunately, we are beginning to see an increasing number of failures with the G670 RV. In the last few years, at least 10 deaths and numerous other serious injuries have been linked to the G670 RV.
Goodyear makes the G670 RV in 2 sizes. The larger tire, the 295/80, is made by Goodyear at its plant in Buffalo, N.Y. The other size, the 275/70 is made by Goodyear at its plant in Danville, Va. The vast majority of the failures our lawyer’s know of are occurring with the 295/80 made at the Dunlop plant in Buffalo, N.Y. Most of the failures with the 670 made in Buffalo are occurring with tires that are approximately five years old and have signs of accelerated aging and belt edge failures due these tires running too hot.
Some of the design features to prevent these failures are a tread and belt package that assures lower operating temperatures in the belts and a good inner liner. Remarkably, the 670 RV made in Buffalo is designed with a thick tread and wide belt package closer in design to the G159 than the smaller G670 RV made by Goodyear at its Danville plant. As we established in our G159 cases, the thick tread and wide belt design proved to be unsuitable for extended highway use as it resulted in the tire running too hot and leading to failure. Further, the 670 RV made in Buffalo has an extremely thin inner liner, less than half the gauge of the 670 made in Danville, Va.
Tragically, it is becoming apparent that Goodyear’s RV tires are once again causing safety concerns for consumers. We will continue to pursue claims involving these tires. If you need more information on this subject, contact Rick Morrison, a lawyer in our firm’s Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Rick.Morrison@BeasleyAllen.com. Rick has successfully handled a large number of tire cases over the past several years.
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