Beginning in June of 2017, Sentury Tire Thailand altered the tire manufacturing processes at its tire plant in Rayong, Thailand.
Based on a recent investigation conducted over the past two months, it has now been uncovered that between September of 2017 and June of 2019, Sentury's Rayong tire plant made over six thousand tires with a manufacturing defect in the tires' sidewalls which increases the risk that those tires may suffer a dangerous on-road failure. When such on-road tire failures are caused by a manufacturing problem, the United States government classifies the problem as a "safety related defect" that justifies a product recall.
As a result of this recently uncovered sidewall defect, Sentury Tire Thailand has just announced that it will conduct a recall of over six thousand LT275/65R20 size tires sold under the following brand names:
- Delinte DX11
- Lionhart Lionclaw HT
- Lexani LXHT206
- Patriot HT
- Landsail CLX11
- Wild Spirit Wild Spirit HST
- Pantera Supertrac HT
How to Identify if Your Tire is Recalled
You can identify whether your tire falls within the scope of this recall by checking the DOT number on the sidewall of the tire. The DOT numbers for the recalled tires will all begin with the letters TB, which is the code for Sentury Tire Thailand's tire plant in Rayong, Thailand. The last four digits in the DOT numbers of the recalled tires will range from 2917 (indicating the tire was made in the 29th week of 2017) through 2219 (for tires made in the 22nd week of 2019).
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") is the branch of the United States government in charge of tire safety. NHTSA has published “Recommended Best Importer Practices to Enhance the Safety of Imported Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Equipment,” which provides guidelines defining the responsibilities of companies that import and sell tires made in foreign countries. Responsible importers of foreign-made tires must exercise care in the selection of foreign manufacturing plants, must inspect those manufacturing processes, must inspect the imported tires, and must document changes in the manufacturing processes as well as the quality control safeguards. Moreover, the federal laws which define which companies qualify as a "manufacturer" of a tire sold in the United States are drafted to include importers of foreign-made tires. 49 U.S.C. § 30102(a)(5).
Signs of Defective Tires
Dangerous crashes caused by defective tires can happen without warning. The wear and tear of the tires can lead to serious consequences on the road. The reality is that tires with no visible defects can still find their way onto vehicles, regardless of their age. For more information on common tire defects, read our brochure titled “How Tire Defects Hurt And Kill.”
How Our Tire Defect Attorneys Can Help You
More often than not, defective tires are the direct result of a manufacturing company’s desire to increase profits. At The Ammons Law Firm, we have been holding these negligent companies responsible for the injuries sustained by victims for more than 20 years. Rob Ammons wrote the book on Tire Defect Litigation. Tire defect litigation is a very specific law practice that can be challenging, but our law firm has obtained numerous successful results for our clients. If you or a family member has been injured by a dangerous foreign-made tire, the experienced tire-defect attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm are monitoring this problem and are here to help you.
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