Defective China Made Tires Leading to Catastrophic Injuries in Georgia


August 31, 2010

Whether it is lead based paint in children’s toys or contaminated dog food, the news has been dominated by reports of products produced in China causing serious injuries to U.S. consumers. A new defective product from China threatens to be far more dangerous than any of these previously cited imports.

U.S. auto makers and tire manufacturers made a decision to outsource the production of tire valve stems to a company in China, which has put millions of Americans consumers at risk of suffering catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. The defective valve stems have already lead to a major lawsuit that resulted from a fatal Florida car accident, and they currently pose a threat to many drivers in the metro Atlanta area and throughout the State of Georgia.

Millions of cars in the U.S. are currently riding on these defective tires with valve stems that were manufactured by Top Seal, a subsidiary of Shanghai-based Baolong Industries. These tires have been widely distributed by major tire companies such as Discount Tire Stores. These tires threaten countless Georgia drivers with the risk of suffering a blowout which results in a serious auto accident. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we know the tragic consequences of such serious auto accidents, and we are committed to protecting the rights of our clients and getting them the compensation they deserve.

Estimates place the number of defective tires currently fitted on cars in the U.S. at 36 million. The defective valve stems have already persuaded one auto manufacturer to recall the defective tires, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating to determine the scope of the problem and the steps required to reduce the risk of accidents and serious injuries. The NHTSA has already concluded that the specific defect is the result of improper mixing of the rubber during the manufacture of the tires.

The defect causes the tire to rapidly lose air which can result in a blowout. This latest defective tire recall harkens back to the tire defects in Cooper tires that led to the company closing its plant in Athens, GA recently. The defects in the Cooper tires, like those in this case, were reportedly linked to flaws in the manufacturing process- specifically inadequate curing time which lead to tread separation. Such defective tires can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and can result in rollover accidents, particularly in SUVs. Millions of defective tires have been recalled in recent years by tire manufacturers including Firestone, Bridgestone, Dunlop and Michelin among others.

The defective tires have already caused an SUV rollover accident in Florida which resulted in a fatal car accident. With so many cars fitted with the defective tires on the road, the risk to Georgia drivers can hardly be overstated. Rollover accidents resulting from defective tires can be highly complex cases. Depending on the facts and seriousness of the case, experts may be needed to explain the nature of the defect in the tire and how it caused the tire to fail. Accident reconstruction experts may also be needed to explain how the blowout or failed tire caused the accident.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia defective tire attorneys have handled many cases involving dangerous and defective products and automobile defects, which have caused serious injuries or fatalities. The caring and compassionate staff at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, know that a blowout in an SUV as a result of a defective tire can cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities. We know that when faced with a serious auto accident you need a caring team of attorneys who will be there for you and do what it takes to get the job done. We have represented those seriously injured in auto accidents for over 25 years throughout the State of Georgia including but not limited to the following counties: DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Barrow, Hall, Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Douglas, Cherokee and throughout the state of Georgia. Call us today for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED, or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com

Category: Auto Accidents

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