Our law firm helps individuals who suspect they’ve been injured as the result of a defective tire, regardless of the tire’s age or manufacture.
You may be aware of the many problems experienced nationwide because of faulty tires. Firestone and other companies have issued nationwide recalls of certain defective tires. Despite recalls and other efforts, defective tires are still a danger on Texas roads.
Tread separation is not a recent problem. Most tires manufactured and purchased by Texas are steel belted radial tires. The failure of these tires is usually caused by a phenomenon called tread separation. Tread separation occurs when the tread separates from the carcass or the inner plies, frequently causing a blowout. A blowout can cause the operator to lose control of his vehicle, leading to collisions, rollovers and serious injuries. Loss of control of the vehicle is especially likely in vehicles with a higher center of gravity, such as many popular trucks and SUVs (sport utility vehicles).
Steel belted radial tires are manufactured in layers on a machine. The tire, with its many layers, is built in an uncured state, and the central core or carcass of the tire is sometimes referred to as the “green tire”. During the manufacture of a steel belted radial tire, a layer of skim stock is applied to the green tire, and then the steel belts are applied around the green tire. Another layer of skim stock is then applied, and then the tread is applied around the belts. The entire tire is then subjected to a high temperature baking and pressurizing process to cure the tire assembly. After it has been baked and cured, the tire is fitted to a rim and permitted to cool before it is delivered to the customer, dealer or retail outlet.
Tread separations are an inherent byproduct of steel belted radial tires and can be caused by design and/or manufacturing defects. Steel belted radial tires have the great advantage of providing resistance to impacts and punctures encountered on the typical roadway. However, the use of steel belts is inherently problematic, because rubber can never completely adhere to steel belts. To obtain adhesion of the rubber tread to the steel belts, tire makers coat the steel with brass. Rubber will adhere to brass, but brass has a tendency to deteriorate more quickly than steel components. In many tread separation accidents, the failure is at the first level of the skim compound, where the tread just peels off. In other cases, a failure occurs at the level of the green tire. While failure at the level of the green tire may sometimes be referred to as a tire carcass failure, it can also be referred to as a tread separation.
Some accidents are caused by user error, like driving on old and bald tires, over- or under-inflation, continuing to use punctured tires or driving on a size of tire that is inappropriate for the vehicle. Other, more common dangerous activities can cause or contribute to accidents, like reckless driving or speeding.
It is very important to preserve and test any tire suspected of failure or tread separation. In Texas, our courts and juries will need to know how and in what way a tire caused an accident. Each tire defect may have arisen from a unique mix of facts and circumstances.
Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured By Tire Tread Separation? Call a Tire Defect Lawyer at Herbert & McClelland LLP at 713-987-7100 or 800-741-0718. It is vital to contact an attorney early on if you suspect a defective tire as the cause of a car accident.
You should inspect your tires every time you have your car serviced. There is no substitute for a responsible car owner. Check your tires and replace them when they are no longer serviceable. Unfortunately, some defects cannot be identified by car owners or even by experienced mechanics. Because some tires are kept in manufacturers’ warehouses or on retailers’ shelves for many years, defective tires that have an old manufacture or sale date are still rolling on Texas highways. If you suspect that a defective tire has caused an accident, it is imperative that you preserve that tire or contact an attorney who can help you store and preserve that tire.
Tread failures can result in blowouts, rollovers and serious accidents that cause devastating injuries or even death.
If you suspect that you have been injured by a defective tire, regardless of the age or manufacture of the tire, and have personal injuries, please contact a tire defect attorney at the Accident & Injury Law Firm of Herbert & McClelland LLP.