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You might be sharing the roadway with defective tires

Many people who think about car accidents think about accidents that are caused by the negligence of another driver. While those types of accidents account for many of the accidents that occur, some accidents are caused by mechanical failures or defective components. A recent report that was adopted by the National Transportation Safety Board notes that many tires that are on the roadways today might have been recalled but the owner of the vehicle isn't aware of the issue.

Tire failure that is caused by a defect is an event that can lead to a tire recall. When a tire is recalled, there is a unique issue that makes it difficult, if not impossible, for the manufacturer to alert tire owners about the issues. Currently, there isn't any system that is in place that requires independent tire distributors to collect tire owner information or register the tires. That means that if the tires are recalled, there might not be a way to contact the owners.

Most of the tire distributors in the country are independently owned, so the majority of the tires sold in this country aren't registered. The only time when a tire has to be registered is if the tire is purchased from a manufacturer-operated shop.

The problem with recalled tires is that many of them are still on the roadways, so they are posing a safety threat with each rotation. Out of 3.2 million tires that were recalled from 2009 to 2013, only 44 percent of the recalls were completed. That percentage is higher than the average result of a recall, which usually only involves around 20 percent of tires being returned to the manufacturers.

When a tire fails, serious accidents can occur. In some cases, the accident might be fatal. Anyone who is injured in an accident caused by a tire failure should explore his or her options for seeking compensation.

Source: National Transportation Safety Board, "NTSB Passenger Tire Safety Report Cites Deficiencies in Registration and Recall System; Highlights Tire Aging and Maintenance," Oct. 27, 2015

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