Tire safety: Defective truck tires threaten all road users

Commercial truck owners and drivers in Arizona may want to take note of a tire recall announced by Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. Tire safety is crucial on the state's highways, not only for trucks but also passenger vehicles. The approximately 2,700 tires that were recalled were manufactured during June this year, and they have since been found to have defects

For tires to be safe, they must comply with all aspects of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and these tires failed to meet one of the endurance test requirements. Reportedly, the recalled tires could lose air rapidly because they might have exposed steel in their sidewalls that could cause deterioration. Sudden air loss increases the risk of crashes.

Defective commercial truck tires pose equal risks to other road users. Motorists are typically more vulnerable in big rig vs. car crashes because of the difference in size and weight of the vehicles. Defective truck tires also cause death traps for motorcyclists when pieces of blown tires are left behind on the roadways.

Bridgestone says it advised end users, company-owned stores, authorized dealers, national account fleets and commercial OEMs. These are also the entities that could be held liable in the event of an injury or death caused by defective tires. An experienced tire safety attorney in Arizona can assist victims or surviving family members of victims who were involved in crashes caused by faulty tires to see financial relief. Such lawsuits can be complicated, but a lawyer can help with establishing negligence and determining whom to name as defendants in pursuit of recovery of economic and noneconomic damages.

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