like the recent Continental tire
recall, is a very dangerous defect that results in death,
injury, and destruction of property. The announcement on August
19, 2002 from Continental Tire North America that they were
issuing a tire recall for more than half a million tires installed
on Ford SUVs was the first large tire recall following the Bridgestone and Firestone tire recall that was linked to the deaths of 271 people and
thousands of accidents. As a result of the catastrophic events,
there had been an increase in awareness of tire recalls and
tread separations and the need to be able to better identify
problems in a quicker manner.
separations result because of the steel belted radial tire
technology. When a tread belt separation occurs it often leads
to a tire blowout. Tread separations cause the driver to lose
control of the vehicle, even when the tire does not lose pressure.
The Continental tire recall is investigating the Ford Expedition
rollover that resulted in the death of six people after the
car had a tread separation on one of the recalled tires. Continental
has not yet determined if this particular accident was the
direct result of a recalled tire. Tread separations have been
found to be especially dangerous when occurring on an SUV
because of the high center of gravity that lead to SUV rollovers,
causing serious injuries and deaths.
Tread separations can occur due to the manufacturing process,
- Improper repairs
- Using over aged dry stock
- Missing signs during final inspections
- Using petroleum solvent before vulcanization
- Curing moisture into the tire
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.
If you experienced a tread
separation because of a Continental recalled tire, please
contact us to learn more about your rights.