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When is a tire recall necessary?
If the tire does not comply with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard or there is a safety-related defect present in the tire than a tire recall like Continental's recent tire recall. There are minimum performance levels for tires that have been set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to protect drivers and passengers from death or serious injury.

Tread Separation
A report that was released in October 2001 from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said that the tread separations studied in the Bridgestone and Firestone accidents reduced the ability of a driver to control the vehicle, especially when the tire failure occurred on a rear tire and at high speeds. There was a much greater likelihood for death, injury, and crashes resulting when the tread separation occurred on an SUV rather than a pickup truck.

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Consumers demanded more focus on tire safety assurances after the highly publicized massive Bridgestone and Firestone recall of 6.5 million tires. The tire recall resulted after the tires experienced tread separations and caused SUV rollovers to occur, linked to the death of 271 people in U.S. traffic deaths and thousands of accidents. The auto industry tried to capitalize on the safety issues by spending 70% more money than over the past seven years on the development, marketing, and sales of car safety. The SUV rollover issue received a lot of public attention as well, and now rollover protection is being improved in cars and SUVs.

If a tread separation does occur, it reduces the ability of a driver to control the vehicle. According to a recent report released last October by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the likelihood of a crash with death and injuries was determined to be much greater if in an SUV. Congressional leaders promised a greater governmental role in the tire industry following the Bridgestone and Firestone tire recall in order to tighten reporting requirements on companies such as Ford or Firestone/Bridgestone.

As a result of Congress' promise, the TREAD Act became law in the fall of 2000. The TREAD Act stands for Transportation Reporting Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation that by law now:

  • Require automobile companies to report information about potential safety defects to NHTSA's new Early Warning database
  • Improve tire-labeling requirements
  • Develop a rollover test for its consumer information crash-testing program, the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)
  • Require a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to warn motorists of low tire inflation pressure
  • Update requirements for child safety restraints

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The reason Continental's tire defect was found is highly attributed to the TREAD Act and to the increased focus on safety, especially with tread separation because of Bridgestone and Firestone . The vice president of original equipment for Continental said their examination claims for evidence of defects effort has redoubled since the Firestone recall. The TREAD Act requires automakers to disclose information that relates to possible defects and allows the NHTSA to determine if they should issue a recall independently of the manufacturer. In the past automakers would only need to inform the NHTSA of safety defects when an internal investigation had concluded a recall was necessary, but because a recall can be extremely costly, the automaker did not always choose to report to the NHTSA of the defects.

Continental did not say how many tread separations had occurred after their investigation but estimated the tire recall would cost them an estimated $19 million. In addition, Ford said they had incorrectly labeled the tire pressure for the rear wheels on 81,774 two-wheel drive Expedition and Navigator SUVs from the 2000 model year, some of them included in the Continental tire recall. Ford had recommended pressure for the rear tires at 30 psi, but should have pressure of 33 psi. Low tire pressure contributes to tire blowouts that can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle or an SUV rollover.

If you experienced a tread separation because of a Continental recalled tire, please contact us to learn more about your rights.

 



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