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Goodyear D402 Rear Motorcycle Tires May Be Prone to Blowouts and Lawsuits

May 03, 2018

May 2, 2018 ( Some of Goodyear’s motorcycle tires are prone to blowouts that have caused several fatalities, but the tire manufacturer has not taken steps to recall the tires. A report from analyzes the tires and the wrecks they are causing.* 

Since 2006, five people have died and 22 people have been injured in motorcycle accidents in which Goodyear D402 tires have failed on Harley Davidson motorcycles. The accidents occurred in 11 different states, and many injured people have sued Goodyear and Harley Davidson on behalf of themselves as well as deceased family members. Goodyear won two of the lawsuits but settled eight others for undisclosed amounts. Experts for the plaintiffs have testified that the D402 tires are defective, prone to leaking and cracking, and are not properly contained in the wheel rim. 

Injured people report that the rear D402 tires blow out, the tires fly completely off, and the motorcycles roll over, throwing riders and passengers. This was the pattern of events that took place when Steven Morris, of Cape Coral, Florida, lost his wife in a 2008 motorcycle wreck. The couple was on the way to South Carolina to celebrate a wedding anniversary when the rear D402 tire on their Harley Davidson failed. Morris lost control of the motorcycle, and his wife, Patricia, was thrown from the bike. They both suffered severe injuries, and Patricia tragically died at a hospital that day.

In response to the reports of injuries and fatalities with its tires, Goodyear has maintained that it follows all safety standards and that its tires are not defective. The manufacturer says tire failures are caused by underinflation, overloading, or damage from road hazards. The tire in Morris’s accident had just 700 miles on it. 

Experts and members of the public want the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to become involved, but the agency has limited funds and has not yet moved to open an investigation into the tires. 

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