When a tire fails, the consequences can be catastrophic. Responsible tire manufacturers understand that and take steps to ensure that their tire designs will resist failure. Responsible tire manufacturers incorporate reasonable safety features, use high-quality materials and revise their designs based on how their tires are performing in the real world.
Unfortunately, some manufacturers fail to do these things resulting in serious injury and even death to unsuspecting drivers and their passengers.
Although the technology to make safer tires has been available for decades, some manufacturers are still designing tires without crucial features that prevent tire failure. A “cap ply,” for instance, is a textile layer placed on top of the steel belts to ensure that the belts do not separate from each other or from the carcass. Although cap plies have been available for decades, some tire makers attempt to maximize their profits by leaving them off of the tires that they build. Of course, saving costs by omitting the cap plies places unknowing customers-who are not tire design experts-at risk when the tire fails.
Other manufacturers attempt to maximize profits by building tires with low-quality components. For instance, manufacturers may:
The predictable result of each these acts is that the tire maker puts its own customers at risk.
At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, we understand tire design. We’ve examined tire manufacturers’ internal specifications and their blueprints for building tires. We’ve cross-examined tire experts, tire engineers and factory managers. We’ve even forced tire companies to allow us into their factories for inspections. In short, we know what to look for and we know how to get it-which is why we win cases.
The attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, have done battle against most major tire manufacturers, including Bridgestone/Firestone, Cooper, Dunlop, Goodyear, Hankook, and Michelin/Uniroyal/BF Goodrich. We know how to find and use the evidence you’ll need. If you or someone you care about has been involved in a car wreck and a failing tire could be involved, call Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, at (800) 242-2962 or leave a message through our website. The initial consultation is free.