When was the last time that you walked into a retail tire center and questioned the sales rep about the age of the (new) tire you were about to purchase? Your answer is probably never, correct? Unfortunately, most of the public has no idea about the age of a tire, the tire’s lifespan, or even how to find answers to these questions. And unfortunately, in many accidents, especially single vehicle accidents, people tend to blame driver error instead of looking deeper to find the real culprit. And when there are defective tires on the road, the recall system leaves much to be desired.
So, lets start with the tire retailer. Manufacturers often fail to require that the retailer register the tires they sell. Accordingly, this presents a challenge to manufacturers when they attempt to identify who is selling a particular tire, especially when a tire is determined to be “defective” and a tire recall is issued. And most consumers are unaware that they can and should register their tires with the manufacturer so they can be notified of a recall if the tire is determined to be defective.
And when it comes to motor vehicle accidents, it has been estimated that there are as many as 33,000 accidents yearly with 19,000 injuries and 500 deaths associated with tire defects. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported, between the years of 2009 and 2013, that there were 55 tire recalls (safety-related) involving 3.2 million tires.