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Agency investigation examines car accidents due to Goodyear tires

New York drivers place an endless amount of trust in their vehicles. This trust goes beyond expecting their vehicles to get them from one place to another. It extends to its manufacture and its parts. A key part of any motor vehicle is the tires. If there is a problem with the tires, it can place those in the vehicle and others on the road in jeopardy of suffering serious injuries or a wrongful death in a car accident. An investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) centers on Goodyear tires that could be responsible for 95 injuries or deaths as far back as 20 years ago.

The G159 tire was manufactured from 1996 to 2003. The NHTSA is asking the manufacturer for a variety of information -- how it was designed, its safety record and its field performance. There are an estimated 40,000 tires that are subject to this investigation, which only started when sealed court documents were unsealed. An investigation by the website Jalopnik found that the tire had failed at a rate that was 10 to 27 times worse than defective Firestone 500 tires the NHTSA investigated years earlier.

This information had stayed surprisingly quiet until the records were unsealed. The incidents with the tire date back to the 1990s. According to Goodyear, the tires were made for commercial delivery vehicles. They were also able to fit motorhomes and it was on these vehicles where the failures were reported. Tread separation on the tires was said to be a problem. In addition, there were 10 complaints about these tires failing. Two stated that there was an accident because of this. Separately, Goodyear reported that there were nine claims saying there was one fatality and 13 people were injured. A prominent concern is that these tires were not designed to be used at highway speeds, as they would be when used on a motorhome.

People who have been in an accident and suffered injuries and are confronted with the aftermath of that will need to be aware of the potential need for compensation in a legal filing. This is magnified when there is a fatality. If there is a belief that a motor vehicle accident was due to a defective tire or any other manufacturing problem with the automobile, it is important to hold those responsible for the defect accountable.

Source: autoweek.com, "NHTSA Probes Goodyear Tires That May Have Caused Dozens Of Deaths Or Injuries," April 6, 2018

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