Warning Signs of Defective Tires

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Know about Warning Signs of Defective Tires

We’ve all seen them on the highways and interstates: strips of rubber left on the road when a transfer truck has had a tire failure usually referred to as a “blowout.” These can be dangerous and cause accidents.

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However, the blowout itself, be it on a truck or a car can also be one of the most common causes of car wrecks. These Florida defective tire accidents lawyer can happen to anyone. You don’t need to be a distracted driver or traveling in horrible weather; these tire failures can cause even some of the most seasoned drivers to veer out of their lane and into another vehicle. That is why it is so important to make sure that your tires (and the rest of your vehicle) are in top condition. Here are some of the warning signs of defective tires and what you should look out for as you get out on the road. Also, you can take the help of a Fort Myers car accident lawyer if you involved in this type of case.

Defective Tires Warning signs

There are several things that you need to look for on your tires when it comes to blowout warning signs. It’s a good idea to check your tires regularly, once a week if possible, once a month at least. So what should you be on the lookout for? Here are a few things:

Few Signs of Defective Tires

  • Sidewalls

    Common causes of tire failures

    —Check these out to make sure that there are no cuts or cracks in tires. These can be caused by road debris or gouges from the concrete. Also, look for bulges or blisters/bubbles in the sidewall as these spots definitely mean that the defective tire should be replaced.

  • Tread

    —As you drive your car, the tread on the tires will naturally wear down. What you absolutely don’t want to do is drive a car with “bald” tires that are so worn that they have no traction with the road. If the tread is worn down in some spots and not in others, then you either have not got the tire properly inflated or you have an alignment problem that needs to be corrected. If the tread is below the minimum allowable tread depth (1/16 of an inch), then you need to invest in a new set of tires. You can easily check this using the penny test; place a penny into the groove of the tire (put President Lincoln’s head toward the tire). If you see the top of his head, then your tire tread is too worn out.

  • Underinflation

    —Sometimes, the problem comes because the tire is not properly inflated. This doesn’t mean that the tire necessarily has a leak or hole in it. Air can slowly leak out through the rubber or valves. In addition, extreme temperature changes, especially at season changes, can cause the tire to deflate slightly because of the change in the air pressure. If this is allowed to happen over time, it can seriously damage the tire and lead to a blowout. To fix this, invest in a tire pressure gauge (probably less than $5) and check the pressure once a month. If it is low, be sure to “top it off” to the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure.

  • Vibration

    —Sometimes, a physical evaluation of the tires will not suffice. You also need to feel how the tires are performing. This is relatively simple; if you feel the tires vibrating a lot causing the car to shake or shimmy, then your wheel may not be properly balanced or aligned. It can also be a signal that the tire is defective. Get this checked out as soon as possible.

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Can New Tires be Defective

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Sometimes, you can do all of the maintenance and preemptive inspections yet still wind up with a blowout because the tires were defective, to begin with. Almost every major manufacturer of tires has had a recall at some point because of defective tires. In fact, Firestone recalled over 6 million tires in 2000 because of links to possibly fatal SUV crashes. Unfortunately, there is not an easy way to tell if you have a defective tire until it is too late. When you are driving at a high rate of speed and experience a blowout, the tire pieces may actually wrap around the car’s wheel. This will cause the driver to lose control and veer into another lane of traffic, possibly leading to a high-speed collision. In other cases, the car may flip over and roll. Such an accident can lead to serious injury including brain injury or even death. If you involved in this type of case call Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer for legal help.

USA Consumer Advisory: Motorists Should Check Tires in Hot Weather To  Improve Safty

 

In a consumer advisory, the U.S. Department of Transportation urged all motorists to inspect their tires for proper inflation and signs of tread wear and damage before driving in hot weather.

“As the weather warms up, it’s especially important for drivers to ensure their tires are properly inflated,” Secretary Ray LaHood said. “For your safety and the safety of others on the road, inspect your tires regularly, and maintain the proper inflation.”

The latest data from the Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that over the five-year period from 2005 to 2009, nearly 3,400 people died, and an estimated 116,000 were injured, in tire-related crashes.

Maintained Tires Reduce The Chances of Crash According to NHTSA

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“While it’s true improperly maintained tires can contribute to a crash at any time of year, it is particularly critical for motorists to check tires during hot weather, when families and luggage often overload vehicles for long vacation trips,” NHTSA Administrator David Strickland warned. “Underinflated tires spinning on hot asphalt for extended periods of time can be a recipe for disaster.”

Check Tire Pressure Before Going to a Long Trips

The Department urges motorists to check their tire pressure before long trips and to inspect tires periodically. Motorists should also be aware that aging tires and hot weather can be a potentially deadly combination, as older tires are more susceptible to heat stress, especially if they are not properly inflated. Motorists should check the tire sidewall to see how old their tires are and to check with the tire manufacturer or the vehicle owner’s manual for recommendations on how often to change tires.

According to the Department of Energy’s fueleconomy.gov, Inflated Tires Save a Vehicle Fuel

Properly inflated tires will also improve a vehicle’s fuel economy and help stretch the family dollar at the gas station. According to the Department of Energy’s fueleconomy.gov Web site, under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 PSI (pound per square inch) drop in pressure of all four tires.

For example, for a vehicle with a fuel-economy rating of 30 miles per gallon and a 35 PSI tire pressure recommendation, a drop of 25 percent in tire pressure would equate to a loss of 8.8 percent in fuel economy or a drop of 2.6 miles per gallon.

For more information on tire safety, go to NHTSA’s safety website www.safercar.gov.

If you or a loved one has suffered a loss as a result of a tired defect or tread separation, contact the trial team at the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato, P.A. We are experienced Ft. Lauderdale tire defect attorneys and we have the resources to ensure that every claim receives just compensation.

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If you feel that you have been injured by a defective tire or the negligence of another driver, then it is important to review your options with a knowledgeable attorney. The law offices of Wolf & Pravato are here to offer a consultation so that they can apprise you of your legal rights in such a situation.

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