How To Identify Tire Defects And Tread Separation

Last updated on: October 10, 2022

Car accidents are far from a rare occurrence. Indeed, you probably already know to look out for reckless drivers and hazards when you’re behind the wheel. But perhaps the last thing that you’re worried about is a faulty or defective tire on your vehicle causing a wreck while you’re driving.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that may have been caused by a faulty or defective tire, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312. After your 100 percent free consultation with one of our experienced faulty tire attorneys, we can help you understand your legal options.

How To Identify Tire Defects And Tire Tread Separation

Defective tires can lead to serious and sometimes deadly accidents. Accordingly, identifying defective tires before placing them on our vehicles can lead to improved vehicle safety and can prevent accidents from occurring. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for most drivers to spot a tire that has a defect.

Most drivers realize that their tire is defective only after they’ve been driving on it for some time. This makes the driver susceptible to the dangers of driving with defective tires. Visibly threading or defective tires can cause friction, leading the vehicle to swerve uncontrollably and ultimately being part of an accident

How To Prevent Tire Tread Separation

To avoid tire tread issues like tread separation, you should learn how to identify the signs that your tread may be separating. By being able to spot an issue with a tire, you can avoid driving on a dangerous tire and compromising your safety. Additionally, by understanding the warning signs of tire tread separation, you may be able to avoid an accident that could result in injuries and expensive medical costs.

Signs that your tire is defective include:

  • Vehicle’s steering wheel begins shaking at a certain speed, generally between 10 to 40 miles per hour, with the shakes varying from small vibrations to more violent shakes as the separation worsens.
  • Punctures or bubbles forming along the sidewall or the tread of the tire.
  • A noticeable wavy pattern in the tire tread (the treads should always remain parallel and align straight).
  • Put a penny faced down into the grooves of your tire and if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head then you need new tires. 

If you notice any warning signs of tire tread separation, you should immediately remove the tire from your vehicle and replace it with a new one or use your spare tire to take your car in for repairs and to purchase a new tire.

Oftentimes, if tire tread separation happens while you’re driving at high speeds, the driver may first hear a noise that sounds like a loud thump shortly before losing control of the vehicle. This is caused by the tire tread separating from the tire casing, resulting in friction or braking action as it gets caught in or hits the undercarriage of the vehicle. The vehicle may then swerve in the opposite direction after the driver attempts to correct the braking action of the vehicle.

Tire Recalls (Manufacturer Defect)

If a manufacturer discovers one of their products may have design or manufacturing flaws, they may choose to recall those products to avoid potential liability for any tire tread issues or other hazards caused by defective tires. They’ll sometimes offer to exchange the potentially dangerous product for a safe one at no cost.

While the far-reaching recalls issued by Bridgestone/Firestone are a recent example, many companies have manufactured and sold defective tires before later issuing recalls, including:

  • YKS
  • GITI
  • Kenda
  • Kumho
  • Cooper
  • General
  • Triangle
  • Michelin
  • Dynamic
  • Compass
  • Westlake
  • Firestone
  • Goodyear
  • Multistrada
  • Continental
  • Bridgestone

These companies have all recalled defective tires in past years. If you have been involved in an accident that may have involved a faulty or defective tire, a faulty tire attorney may be able to help you determine if your accident was caused by a defective tire. If so, an experienced lawyer can help you pursue maximum compensation for your injuries or damages.

Need Help? Contact Zinda Law Group Today

Drivers face a number of dangers on the road because of the negligence of other drivers. You shouldn’t have to also worry about the safety of your own tires. Unfortunately, some tires may be faulty or defective, leading to dangerous results such as tire blowouts and tread separation.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by faulty tires, you should contact the skilled faulty tire lawyers at Zinda Law Group. While every case is different and depends upon the unique facts and circumstances of the accident, your lawyer can use their knowledge and experience to explain your legal options and to help you pursue the maximum compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries or damages.

Call (800) 863-5312 today for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney from Zinda Law Group. You will not pay anything unless we win your case. That’s our ‘No Win, No Fee’ guarantee.

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