Tire defects have been the cause of many motor vehicle accidents. When a vehicle loses sudden control because of a tire failure, it can result in a rollover or crash into another vehicle on the road. The condition of the tire prior to the accident is important when investigating tire failure or tire defect cases. A tire investigation can take into account such questions as where the tire was manufactured, how the tire was assembled, if there was contamination in the tire’s components, was the tire installed properly, was the tire mounted properly?
Another major indicator of a tire defect or tire failure is belt tread separation. Tread separation coupled with the loss of air from a tire can cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle. When the vehicle is traveling at high speeds, there is a greater risk for the driver to sustain fatal injuries. However, when tread separation occurs in font tires, a driver can typically use the brakes and steering wheel to control the car. In the case of rear-tire separations, the loss of control of the vehicle is more serious and can lead to a crash or a rollover. In accidents that involve a Sport Utility Vehicle compared to a passenger car, the chance for a rollover with serious injuries including death is much greater.
Congress passed the Tread Act November 1, 2000 in an effort to gather safety data for the government so that the public can have access to important tire safety data.
Consumer interest "Watch Dog" group, Public Citizen has diligently fought hard for public safety with the NHTSA. In 2004, the President of the organization, Joan Claybrook, testified on the Oversight of Tread and the need for more safety measures.
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