Arizona Superior Court rules tire safety issue to be made public

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Defect Investigation has reportedly advised Goodyear Tire & Rubber of its intention to determine the substance of tire failure allegations in connection with the manufacturer's G159 tire. A Center for Auto Safety director applauded the ruling of the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County that the manufacturer may no longer keep facts confidential about the G159 tire safety after many reports of failures. The director said information of hazardous automotive products had been kept from the public for too long.

According to the NHTSA, the agency has received 91 allegations of G159 tire defects that led to accidents resulting in injuries or fatalities from 1998 through 2015. These tires were first produced in 1996 and were recommended for use on recreational vehicles. The court ruling followed a personal injury lawsuit in which a family sued Goodyear Tire & Rubber.

According to the court, the public's need to know about the information related to the G159 tire safety outweighs the manufacturer's need for confidentiality. Goodyear wanted information related to the design and testing of the G159 tire to remain confidential, along with the company's decision to market the tires specifically for motor homes. Furthermore, the court noted that making the consumer-experience data public will reveal the significant potential risk presented by the tires.

Victims of accidents that followed defects that compromised tire safety might have grounds to pursue financial relief in an Arizona civil court. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assess the circumstances that led to the crash along with information about the tires to determine the viability of a lawsuit. A successful presentation might lead to a monetary judgment to cover economic and noneconomic damages.

Source: tyrepress.com, "US requests information from Goodyear after ruling in alleged defective tyre case", April 10, 2018

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