On Tuesday, August 12, 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced that the Discount Tire and America's Tire chains are recalling nearly 80,000 light truck and SUV replacement tires, due possible tread separation which could increase the risk of Michigan auto accidents. According to the Detroit News, the recall affects certain tires made between August 2013 and May 2015. These faulty tires were no longer sold after May 19,2015 as a safety precaution.
Discount Tire stated that they noticed premature tread separations in February of this year and began testing the tires. They found that the rubber coating between the two steel belts in the tire wasn't thick enough. When the steel belts crack, the tread could separate, increasing the risk of a car accident. Discount Tire have said that there have been no injuries or deaths related to this issue. Discount Tire stores are offering owners either a full refund for their tires or a free exchange for new ones.
Tires are an import part of motor vehicles and if they aren't handled and checked with care, auto accidents can occur. It's important to check your car's tire pressure, especially when it's cold. Over time, all tires naturally lose air, and under-inflation is the number one cause of tire failure. According to the NHTSA, if the tread of your tire is worn down 1/16 of an inch, it's time to replace your tires. The correct tire pressure can be found on the driver's side door pillar and in the owner's manual. In order to prevent the possibility of an accident, you should always take a brief moment to check your tires for uneven wear.
If your vehicle has any problems with it's tires and have caused a motor vehicle accident, contact a lawyer at The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our Metro Detroit accident lawyers are experienced in handling all types of auto accident and motorcycle accident cases. Call 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation today.