Even though those tires you have may look new, are they? After all, looks can be deceiving. For example, how long have you had that spare tire sitting in the trunk of your car? There is also the chance it is one of the tires that was issued in a 2000 Firestone recall that just never got replaced. And, finally, how will you know if your spare needs to be replaced? The manufacturing date written on tires is done in a code that can be difficult to interpret. The Oklahoma and Arkansas defective tire lawyers at Carr and Carr Attorneys can help.
Every year, accidents in Oklahoma and Arkansas are caused by tires that are falling apart due to age. One of the most common failures of old tires is tread separation. This occurs on steel-belted radial tires, and is due to the problem of steel adhering to rubber. It most often happens at high speeds during hot weather. Tread separation can lead to a blowout. Because the separation happens unexpectedly and rapidly, drivers frequently lose control of their vehicles and crash, potentially causing injuries and fatalities.
While it is the responsibility of the vehicle owner to replace their aging or worn tires, sometimes the tires bought new have reached an age where they have become dangerous. Because of this, some experts have called for a tire “expiration date.” Some safety experts say tires should not be used after ten years, and they should not be sold if they’ve been in storage for six or more years.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to a blowout on a defective tire you thought was new, please email or call the Oklahoma and Arkansas tire lawyers at Carr & Carr Attorneys at 1-866-510-0580. Our Arkansas and Oklahoma defective tire lawyers have locations in Northwest Arkansas, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have.