When we travel with our car, SUV, or other vehicle, we trust that our tires are safe. Unsafe tires can be the cause of accidents, sometimes at high rates of speed. Defective tires may have manufacturer defects that cause them to be unsafe. Defective tire accidents are preventable through the use of better quality assurance by manufacturers and the immediate notification and recall of defective tires.

Tire Care

Drivers need to take care of their tires to ensure that they are safe. This includes periodic inspection of tire tread. When the tread is worn, the tires are unable to properly grip the road surface and the vehicle may slide or slip on pavement. Tires should be rotated from time to time because some tires wear out faster than others. Balancing of the tires is also essential, because the tires will not wear evenly if they are improperly balanced. Of course, when tires are defective, they can cause accidents, regardless of regular maintenance.

Tire Defects

Tires are subject to defects in workmanship or materials. When a tire is defective, it can be quite dangerous. A blowout occurs when a tire bursts while driving. It often occurs when the tire is hot due to driving at highway speeds. When a blowout happens it can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, causing a very severe accident. Blowouts are one of the causes of rollover accidents. Tire separation occurs when the tread separates from the main portion of the tire. Again, if this happens while driving at a high rate of speed, it can have devastating consequences.

Injuries Caused by Defective Tires

Defective tires can result in serious injuries and death. Dangerous car accidents can happen because of defects in tires, even when the vehicle is traveling at a relatively low rate of speed. The most common accident injuries include back and neck injuries, head trauma, broken bones, and bruises. If you were involved in an accident due to a defective tire, contact a qualified attorney. Your lawyer will assist in determining the cause of the problem and whether or not the tire was defective.

Manufacturer Liability

Tire manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their products. When tires are defective, the manufacturer should have known about the problem and taken steps to resolve it. Additionally, the company that sold the tires could also hold some responsibility if they were negligent. If you were injured because of defective tires, an attorney will review your case and help file a claim to get you the compensation you deserve.


This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you or someone you know wishes to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney regarding Defective Tire Accidents,  or other personal injury matters, call 480.461.5300. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.