Old Tires on Old Cars: How to Tell If Your Tire Should Be Replaced
There are several signs which will indicate that your tires are due for a replacement. Some of the most common include:
- Detecting a slight vibration when driving the car
- The tire has an uneven tread
- There is a lump, bump, or blister forming along the outer tread
- The tread is thin
Even if you are under the mileage for your tires, if they are over six years old, it is likely they need to be replaced. Speak with a tire expert and have an assessment done so you can decide which of your tires should be replaced and when.
Why Are Tires Recalled?
The reason the Sears tires were recalled is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found the tires were a safety hazard on our roads for one reason or another.
Recalls should not be ignored. If your tires have been recalled, you should take action immediately.
How to find a recall:
- See if anyone else has filed an official complaint about their vehicle (social media and forum complaints do not count as “official”)
- Check the NHTSA database
- Call the manufacturer of the tire
- Look through recalls on safercar.gov
If you notice a defect in your tire and want to report it, you can contact the Office of Defects Investigation within the NHTSA. This department will investigate your claims, and if the product is deemed defective, they will initiate the recall process.
Common Reasons Why Tires Are Defective & Recalled
A tire may be found to be defective for a number of reasons, including:
- Contaminated tire components
- Inadequate curing process
- Inadequate skim stock
- Improper belt placement
- Poor or defective manufacturer design
- No nylon overlays
- Faulty split rim wheel assemblies
If you did not know about a recall, you may be able to take legal action. The Ammons Law Firm offers free case evaluations so that you can determine whether you have a claim and how you should proceed further.
Over a Century of Combined Legal Experience
The Ammons Law Firm has dedicated itself for well over two decades to helping those who have been victims of defective tires. Our team of accomplished Houston tire defect attorneys has secured over $1 billion in compensation for victims. With more than 100 years of collective legal experience, we have the resources and investigative skills necessary to stand up to multi-million dollar companies.
Dealing with an injury is never easy, but we have the experience and the knowledge necessary to help. We offer free consultations to people negatively affected by a defective tire, and we are available nationwide.