Recently, accident investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board admitted that each year tire defects cause 33,000 accidents and kill more than 500 motorists. Yet, only one in five defective tires is removed from our roads via recalls. Investigators claimed that half of recalled tired remain in use, posing a serious danger to consumers, other motorists, and pedestrians.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there is currently no requirement for most tire dealers to register the tires they sell with the tire manufacturer. Independent tire dealers – those not owned or controlled by tire manufacturers – sell over 90% of all tires sold directly to consumers. Even mechanics have no way of knowing when tires have been recalled. Surprisingly, no current law or industry standard prevents the sale of aged tires.
This lack of oversight poses difficulty when certain tire brands are subject to recalls. Few consumers are aware that they can register their tires directly with the manufacturer. By doing so, the consumer will receive notification if the tires become subject to a future recall. Investigators for the NTSB recently unanimously recommended that Congress require tire registration, and also advised that drivers register their tires directly with the tire manufacturers.
The attorneys at Swartz & Lynch have decades of experience in holding accountable manufacturers, distributors, and retailers for injuries caused by defective products. Swartz & Lynch has experience with defective tire litigation, including tire blow-outs. If you have been injured by a defective product or as a result of the negligence of another, do not hesitate to contact one of the experienced attorneys at Swartz & Lynch LLP. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.