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Tire Defects

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Defective Tire Lawyer

Automotive tires have tread, which refers to the rubber part that touches the roadway and consists of grooves and notches.  The depth or width of the tread notches affects the traction the tire has with the road.  Over time, the tread begins to diminish, effectively decreasing the amount of air between the entire tire and the road. As this happens, drivers will sometimes notice a loss of control as in a pulling sensation.   Product liability lawsuits arise when tire defects cause a tread separation leading to a complete loss of control of the vehicle and a vehicle accident and catastrophic injuries.

When to Contact an Attorney

Following an tire blow out and accident where you suspect there was negligence, a defective product or simply have questions about what may have happened, you should contact and experienced produce liability lawyer to investigate the matter.

Joe Lyon is an experienced catastrophic injury and product liability attorney who is well versed in the science and economic impact that such an injury has on a life.  

The Lyon Firm has developed compelling evidence in catastrophic  injury and product liability cases involving automotive defects. The Firm has successfully worked alongside accident reconstructions, forensic design engineers, and biomechanical engineers  to present the highest quality evidence and arguments on the Plaintiff’s behalf. This work has resulted in significant seven figure settlements that enhanced and secured a dignified quality of life for the Plaintiff’s future.  

Who is the Proper Defendant in a Tire Defect Case ?

Tires are generally not made by the manufacturer of the car or truck, and they are often replaced over the course of a car’s life; Therefore, fault may lie on the both the manufacturer of the tire and at times the mechanical shop that installed the tires.  It is important to consider all parties that played a role in placing the tire on the car or truck and any party that inspected the tire prior to the accident.

Types of Tire Defect Flaws

  • Tread on a tire does not last nearly as long as it should, consequently resulting in the driver losing control of his or her vehicle when he does not expect it.
  • Incorrect placement of the belts and overlying tread for the tires, causing tread loss to occur more quickly.
  • Failure of the metal tire frame to stick to the rubber is the leading cause of belt separation, thus leading to lower tread.
  • Cross camber, cross caster, and thrust angle settings misalignment.
  • Inadequate tire thickness.

Types of Injuries Caused by Tire Defects

  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Legal Options

Product Liability: Defective product litigation path is  expensive and complex. The attorney will need to prove the case through expert testimony.  Product liability cases can be some of the most expensive types of litigation, but the cases should be evaluated carefully to determine if a tire defect caused the catastrophic injury.


  • Allow the tires or pieces of the tire be destroyed.  This evidence must be preserved.
  • Allow the car, and any other vehicle if possible, to be destroyed. This evidence must be preserved.
  • Remove any social media postings.
  • Make any statements to insurance companies or automotive company private investigators without first speaking with a qualified attorney.

Recent Tire Recalls

Yokohama Tire Corporation (Yokohama) is recalling certain AVID Touring S tires, size 215/65R16 98T SL, produced between February 2009 and April 2009. The tires may have been produced with an irregular geometry in the casing turn up area above the tire bead in the lower sidewall.

This irregular geometry may lead to a lower sidewall crack resulting in a rapid loss of tire inflation. Rapid air loss while the vehicle is in use may result in a tire failure that could cause a crash.

Yokohama will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, October 20, 2012. Owners may contact Yokohama at 1-800-423-4544. For more information for this particular recall, please click here.


Legal Representation

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If you or a loved one suffered an injury or wrongful death from a car accident caused by a faulty tire and you have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.

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