We wrote last month about Goodyear’s 402 motorcycle tire, a tire with a history of failures causing injury and death. When a tire fails on any vehicle, the vehicle is very difficult to control. On a motorcycle, when a tire fails, it is almost impossible to control the bike and a wreck is virtually a certainty.
Unfortunately, there are other motorcycle tires currently experiencing serious safety issues. Those include the Continental Conti Attack, Road Attack, Sport Attack and Race Attack tires. Continental admits that these motorcycle tires are defective in design and the company has implemented a “construction change” that it claims will fix the defect. The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that these tires may experience a separation between the tread, belt, and carcass, which results in a loss of tire inflation pressure that could lead to failure and a crash. All of these defective tires were made by Continental at its plant in Kobach, Germany.
Continental is recalling 170,000 of these motorcycle tires in sizes 120/70ZR17 and 120/70R17. The defective tires were sold as original equipment and replacement tires from 2007-2014. Continental will notify owners, and dealers will replace the subject tires with new tires, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Continental customer service at (800) 847-3349 with any questions. If you need additional information on the above or on tire-defect litigation generally, contact Rick Morrison, a lawyer in our Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Rick.Morrison@beasleyallen.com.
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