A defective tire can catastrophically fail with no warning, causing you to lose control of your vehicle, flip, run off the road, or collide with another vehicle. This could leave you and your passengers at serious risk of injury or death.
If you believe a defect in a Goodyear tire caused or contributed to your crash, you may be able to hold the manufacturer liable for your damages. In addition, you may also have a case against the distributor of the tire, the retailer where you bought it, and other parties. A Goodyear tire lawsuit lawyer can help.
At Newsome Melton, we can help you understand your options for compensation after a defective tire incident. We will explain the strength of your case and offer advice on how to hold Goodyear accountable. We can handle the entire process for you, including proving the existence of the tire defect and fighting for fair compensation. Call us at 888-808-5977 today so we can get started on your case.
How Can I Prove a Defective Goodyear Tire Caused My Car Crash?
The key to winning a defective tire case against Goodyear is to prove the tire had a defect. The first thing we do in these cases is investigate the tire and how it caused the crash. Many things can cause a tire defect, including:
- Defective product design;
- Faulty rubber or other defective components;
- Poor manufacturing standards;
- Inadequate product testing; and
- Other negligent actions.
In product liability cases, we do not have to show Goodyear acted negligently in the manufacture of the tire. We only need to show the company made the tire and it had a defect. Courts accept this under the theory of strict liability. Producers of consumer goods—including tire companies—must test all products to ensure they meet applicable safety standards before they ever hit the market. There is no reason for a defective tire to make it out of the warehouse if the manufacturer conducts rigorous testing.
Because of a massive defective Firestone tire recall in 2000, all tire manufacturers now must report any potential defects to distributors as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA enforces this under the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act.
Still, there are problems with this system. Primarily:
- Manufacturers do not discover every defect;
- A tire company may not always report all defects; and
- Not all defects lead to a formal product recall.
This means many people drive on potentially defective tires and have no idea. When one of these defective tires fails and causes a crash, serious injuries can result.
Are There Any Current Recalls on Goodyear Tires?
Goodyear has issued recalls over the past few years, including one in 2015 and two in 2016.
In 2015, Goodyear issued the recall of certain P255/65R18 Fortera HL tires, focusing on those manufactured at their Napanee, ON, plant. These tires did not meet standards during testing and showed cracking in the treads. This could cause issues such as vibration, tread chunking, and an increased risk of a tire failure.
The following year, 2016, Goodyear issued two recalls:
- One for Goodyear 295/75R22.5 G399A LHS LR G tires, due to concerns of tread separation; and
- Another for Dunlop SP50 P205/70R15 tires, which showed evidence of tread chunking.
These recalls were not the only issues with tire defects Goodyear has faced. Goodyear’s load range “E” tires have been the center of controversy and media attention. While there have been lawsuits filed based on these tires, Goodyear has not yet issued a recall. Goodyear manufactures these tires, but retailers sell them under many different brand names. A formal recall has the potential to affect tire brands across the country.
Defective tires and the crashes they cause are more common than you may realize. If you believe a defective Goodyear tire played a role in your car wreck, you can use the online recall search to see if your tires are subject to a recall. Even if there is not a recall, we may be able to recover compensation on your behalf by proving the tire had a defect and that it caused your crash.
How Do Tire Defects Occur?
As tire lawsuit lawyers, we can get a good idea what type of defect a tire has based on the circumstances of your crash and an examination of the tire. Some of the most common types of tire defects include:
- Defective design;
- Poor manufacturing standards;
- Quality control issues;
- Tread separation;
- Sudden loss of pressure;
- Bead failures and tire de-beading;
- Tire chunking or shredding;
- Wheel failures;
- Sidewall perforations;
- Sidewall zipper failures; and
- Problems with tire adhesion.
Our lawyers can help you understand what to do after a tire failure. Contact us today to learn if you are eligible for compensation from Goodyear or another party liable for your defective tire and resulting accident.
How Can I Talk to a Goodyear Tire Lawsuit Lawyer About My Crash?
The attorneys at Newsome Melton offer free case evaluations. Our legal team represents clients in complex civil litigation, including cases involving larger corporations like Goodyear. We are not afraid to take on Goodyear or other major tire manufacturers. Call us today at 888-808-5977 to learn more.
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