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 NBC News 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 866-675-4427 today.