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Determining if tire blowouts were due to defects

Nothing may be more frightening to experience than having a tire blowout while driving on Bozeman’s roads and highways. Many of those that we at Cok Kinzler PLLP work with following car accidents may often attribute the cause of their accidents to blowouts. Their beliefs may be warranted, given that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration listed tire failure as the cause of more than 78,000 accidents studied in a 2012 report. If you too were involved in an accident due to tire failure, your immediate question may be is can the tire manufacturer be held liable. The simple answer is yes. Unfortunately, such simplicity may not be present in your accident.

If you are like most, your knowledge of tires only extends to knowing that they help your vehicle to grip the road. Thus, proving your blowout was due to a manufacturer defect may be difficult. You may assume this to be only cause of blowouts, yet the truth is that factors such as climate conditions and under- or overinflation have been proven to contribute to these events. There are, however, certain indicators that could serve as proof of a tire defect.

The first may be the sound that you hear when the tread on your tires separates. You will typically hear a continuous thumping sound as the tire rotates. The way to differentiate this from a regular flat tire is that when the sound is due to tread separation, it is often accompanied by a loss control of your vehicle.

Another way to spot a defect may be to inspect the tire. If wires are exposed, it could be an indicator that the tread adhesion failed due to contamination during manufacturing.

You can learn more about pinpointing product defects here on our site. 

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