We are handling an increasing number of tire cases involving the failure of Chinese made tires. American consumers have faced numerous issues with Chinese products including lead-laced toys, tainted toothpaste and pet food recalls. However, the problems with Chinese products is emerging with greater frequency with a vehicles’ most important safety features, and that just appears to be the tires.
Currently, China is importing nearly 65 million tires a year. Recently, many Chinese tire manufacturers have come under attack for making substandard and unsafe tires available for sale in the United States. Furthermore, some Chinese manufacturers have been the subject of “recalls” by many state Attorneys General and the Federal Trade Commission. While there have been numerous Chinese tire brands that have been scrutinized, some of the brand tires which have been recalled for safety defects are Westlake Tires, AKS Tires, Telluride tires and Compass Tires. All were made by the China-based Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Company and all lacked the most basic of tire safety features such as bead wedges and cap plies which are state of the art in the tire industry today.
In addition to design issues, another basic problem that our lawyers are seeing in cases involving Chinese made tires are quality and control measures. In most of the cases we have handled against Chinese tire makers, we discovered that these manufacturers have almost no measures in place to assure quality control. In some cases there are none. Some employ manufacturing processes which were abandoned by domestic tire makers during the 1980’s.
While several of these Chinese tires are less expensive, their reduced price is proving to be at the cost of safety which can result in the loss of lives. Folks might want to think twice before buying a less-expensive Chinese tire. If you need more information on this subject, contact Rick Morrison, a lawyer in our firm who handles tire litigation. He can be reached at 800-898-2034 or by email at Rick.Morrison@beasleyallen.com.
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