Most of us get into our cars every morning without even glancing at the tires. This can be dangerous because failing to notice the wear and tear of the tires can lead to serious consequences on the road. However, the sad reality is that tires with no visible defects can still find their way onto vehicles, regardless of their age. Many manufacturers try to blame consumers for causing accidents because they have been driving on “worn” or “abused” tires. But oftentimes, the cause of a tire’s failure is a bad design, poor quality control during the manufacturing process, or even the manufacturer’s failure to warn consumers about known dangers.
Keep these helpful tips in mind in order to identify defective tires:
- If the tires on your car are more than six years old, they are at risk for dangerous failure.
- Refer to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) number on the tire’s sidewall to determine the tire’s date of manufacture.
- Keep an eye out for signs of de-treading, tire shredding and de-beading.
Reading a Tire’s Dot Number
There are several ways to identify if your tires are defective and need to be replaced. If the tires on your car are more than 6 years old, they are at risk of dangerous failure. How can you determine the age of your tires? Refer to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) number on the tire’s sidewall to determine the tire’s date of manufacture. The last 4 digits will tell you the week and year the tires were manufactured. For example, if a tire’s DOT number is DOT U2BB NMLR 5107, the last 4 digits reveal that the tires were made in the 51 st week of the year 2007.
The “Penny Test” for Irregular Tread Wear
It is also advisable that you keep an eye out for signs of de-treading, tire shredding, and de-beading. When tires have been in use for six years, their rubber degrades, becomes brittle and leads to catastrophic tread separation. A tire’s inability to stay together while being operated on a vehicle can lead to accidents related to tire de-treads, blowouts and explosions.
Besides regular tire maintenance, tire rotation and maintaining proper tire inflation levels, you must also check for irregular tread wear. One simple of way of doing this is through the “penny test.” Take a penny between your fingers, with Lincoln’s body pointing down. Insert the penny, headfirst, into various grooves in the tire’s tread. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible after insertion, your tires need to be replaced.
How Our Tire Defect Attorneys Can Help You Pursue Justice
As an American consumer, you expect to buy a product that will effectively carry out its intended purpose in a safe manner. More often than not, defective tires are the direct result of a manufacturing company’s desire to increase profits. At The Ammons Law Firm LLP, we have been holding these negligent companies responsible for the injuries sustained by victims for more than 20 years. 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.
Learn about your rights as an injured victim or consumer by discussing your case with our tire defect attorneys. We can explain the claims-filing process to you, as well as your many legal options, during a free case evaluation. For skilled and trustworthy legal representation no matter where you are, contact The Ammons Law Firm LLP today!