General Motors Company has told its dealers to stop sales of about 6,000 2015 GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave SUVs because of a pending Goodyear tire recall.
The Goodyear recall covers tires on some of the SUV models that could crack. GM has said it will work with Goodyear to reach customers of the aftermarket tires.
GM has also said it will reach out to its dealers and Goodyear will go after non-dealership points of sale.
In a statement, Goodyear said the recall includes about 48,500 Fortera HL tires that were made from November 30, 2014 through January 10, 2015. Goodyear said a tire endurance test found some of these tires could experience very small cracks in the tread.
About 32,100 tires were made for the Traverse, Acadia and Enclave and the rest were sold in the aftermarket.
Goodyear said its customers should have tires replace for free at a Goodyear retail store or an authorized dealer. Anyone with questions is asked to contact Goodyear at 1-800-321-2136.
Tire Failure Can Be Devastating
Tire defects, whether they occur in passenger cars, motorcycles or any other vehicles, can have devastating consequences.
Whether the tire defect involves tire tread separation or tire shredding or adhesion failure, in the event of the failure, the driver has very little control of his or her car. Tire failure can result in catastrophic injuries or even death, especially when it occurs at freeway speeds.
Defective tires in SUVs can be particularly problematic because a tire failure could cause these vehicles with a high center of gravity and narrower track width to roll over.
Such rollover accidents are often deadly because they result in passenger ejections and severe injuries.
Product Liability Issues
If the tire defect results in personal injuries or fatalities, the tire manufacturer could be held liable. Injured victims could receive compensation to cover medical expenses, cost of medication, hospitalization, loss of wages or even long-term care in cases where the injuries are debilitating.
If you lose a loved one as a result of an auto product defect, then you could file a wrongful death claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective tire, it is important that you seek the counsel of an experienced auto defect lawyer who has an excellent track record representing injured victims in auto products liability cases against large automakers.
The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.