Continental Tires Recalled for Blowout Risk
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is recalling more than 430,000 light truck tires in the United States because they can develop sidewall bulges that could lead to tire failure. According to a news report in the Associated Press, the recall covers certain Discoverer, Evolution, Courser, Deegan, Adventurer, Hercules, Back Country, Multi-Mile, Wild Country and Big O tires in several sizes.
Details of the Recall
According to documents posted by the company with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the bulges can cause a sidewall separation. This could in turn cause the tires to lose air quickly increasing the risk of a crash. The Ohio-based Cooper has said there have been no deaths, injury claims or property damage because of this issue.
Owners will be notified when the recall begins on March 25th and dealers will replace the tires. The defective tires were made between Feb. 1, 2018 and Dec. 1, 2019. Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact Cooper toll-free at (800) 854-6288.
What Are Sidewall Bulges?
Bubbles or bulges in the sidewall are typically the result of the tire’s inner liner being damaged from an impact that creates a small hole or tear and compromises the strength of the sidewall plies. In most cases, the impact that caused the damage was not severe enough to be noticed by the driver and yet, it is strong enough to damage the tire. Impacts with curbs, potholes or roadway debris are the most common causes.
Sometimes, a sidewall bulge can be caused not by an impact, but a structural failure of the tire, as is the case with these recalled tires. Regardless of what causes the damage, a bulge in the sidewall is a tire blowout waiting to happen at any moment. So, it needs to be addressed right away. If your vehicle’s tires are included in this recall, it is important to contact a dealer and replace them right away. In these cases, product manufacturers are required to replace the recalled products at no cost to consumers.
Product Liability Issues
Injured victims of defective tires can seek compensation from the tire manufacturer and/or distributor for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages. Injured victims or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced product liability lawyer who will protect their rights and ensure that they are fairly and fully compensated for all their losses.