Even though manufacturers make every effort to make safe products for consumers, hazards and defects regularly occur. For example, laptop batteries that catch fire. Bad beef that sickens people. Cars have defective parts, including tires, making driving unsafe.
Some years back, the Firestone tire failure on Ford Explorers and other cars resulted in 250 deaths and 3,000 serious, longstanding injuries. Many lawsuits arguing that both companies knew of the dangers and risks, but did nothing, were filed against the manufacturer and car maker.
When it comes to tires, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards sets forth minimum performance and safety requirements that must be adhered to. When tire performance or safety falls short due to a defect that has been uncovered, the tires in question must be repaired or replaced for free. However, the law pertains to tires that were purchased within fives years of the finding that the tires were hazardous. As well, if the defect is from tires that are older than ten years, the manufacturer is not required to fix them free of charge.
The manufacturer will send a notification letter to you about the recall. If you are not certain whether your tires may be involved in the recall, contact the Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. You may also visit the website www.nhtsa.dot.gov or contact the tire manufacturer or dealer for further information. Additionally, dealers or manufacturers are required to notify owners of the defective product through ads, posters and other media means.
For tires to be replaced, the tire owner is required to bring the tires to the dealer for replacement or repair within 60 days of receiving the notice of a recall from the manufacturer of the tires. If the tire replacements are not available at the time you call for a repair or replacement of the problem tires, you can get a written note from the dealer as proof that you tried to get the tires fixed within the time frame. Keep the note as proof and bring it in when the dealer informs you that the replacement tires are now in stock.
If the manufacturer of the tires in question challenges the National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s (NHTSA) finding, the case can go to court. While it is in court, the manufacturer is under no obligation to fix the problem – until the case is decided. Make sure you save all receipts involving fixing the tires or other equipment in question, because if the decision that the tire or other equipment is determined to be defective, you will be reimbursed for the cost of repairs.
Questions About a Tire Recall?
If you have questions or concerns about defective tires and whether they played a role in a car crash, we offer free consultations and will answer your questions. We work on a contingency fee basis, so that you pay nothing until we win an award for you. To contact J. Lewis & Associates, call 800-228-0507.