Federal officials recently finished an investigation into the nationwide system used to recall defective and potentially dangerous automobile tires, and have concluded that the system is broken. They reportedly uncovered several issues that consumers cannot address on their own. They warn that a new system must be implemented.
The investigation was launched by the National Transportation Safety Board after a deadly traffic accident involving a tire that had been recalled. The accident involved a church van with a defective tire that neither mechanics nor church officials were aware had been recalled. Two adult church leaders were killed in the accident and eight others were injured.
The NTSB estimates that there are between 400 and 500 deaths every year from crashes that involve tire-initiated events, including tires that have been punctured, underinflated, and have other problems. Tire industry leaders disagree, putting the number at closer to 200 deaths a year from defective tires. Experts say that about 33,000 accidents a year are caused by defective tires.
The NTSB says a huge part of the problem is consumer awareness. Most drivers do not know that they need to register their tires with the manufacturer in order to receive recall notices. NTSB officials say that both the NTSB and tire manufacturers can do a better job making it easier for consumers to tell if their tires have been recalled. They say one easy was would be a lookup system for tires on websites since each tire already has a Tire Identification Number. Chips could also be embedded on tires to help.Tires are a part of the car that many car owners put little thought and attention toward, but are actually one of the most critical parts of the car. If a tire suffers a sudden blow out, tragedy can result. If you have been involved in an accident due to a defective tire, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Our attorneys can help. You can also reach us on Twitter.