The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) Office of Highway
Safety has recently reanalyzed its own system for catching and recalling
defective tires. The results of their internal study was not good, to say the least. Dr.
Rob Molloy of the NTSB stated that the system is “completely broken”
and that as many as 20% of all tires that need to be taken out of service
have not been.
How is such a huge percentage still literally rolling around? The NTSB
believes much of the problem stems from the fact that independent tire
retailers don’t have to register the tires they are provided or
sell. This means that when a manufacturer creates a recall, consumers
are left totally unaware. In many instances, even mechanics installing
tires on customer vehicles don’t have a way of knowing if the product
is safe or if it has been recalled.
Can the Issue Be Corrected?
The NTSB is currently recommending that Congress step in and take action
to control and regulate tire registration. A nationwide safety campaign
could also be implemented that encourages individuals to register their
tires with manufacturers. How can this be done? The answer is quite simple
but totally under the radar of most people.
On the sidewall of the tire, identification numbers already exist for each
tire that is produced. It should begin with
DOT followed by a variety of other characters. An online registry with each
manufacturer could automatically email or otherwise notify motorists when
a tire matching their ID number is recalled.
Would you like to know more about this ongoing issue with defective tires?
You can check out a full article from
here. If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective tire or another
dangerous product, you can
contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC and speak to one of our Martin County
personal injury lawyers. With our help, we may be able to secure you serious compensation
for your needless suffering. Call