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Tread Separation Lawsuits & Settlements

Cincinnati Product Liability Lawyer and Ohio Catastrophic Injury Attorney Reviewing Tread Separation Lawsuits and Injury Settlements in Ohio and nationwide


Due to frequent negligent tire production and tire defects in the United States, road accidents and severe injuries are common occurrences. Tires may be defective because of design flaws or manufacturing errors—both of which can lead to dangerous tread separation accidents. Ohio product liability lawyers, on the behalf of accident victims, are quick to target manufacturers for preventable tire defects in tread separation lawsuits.

Tires can be defective for a number of reasons, though it is the duty and responsibility of every tire manufacturer to inspect a product before it can endanger motorists and passengers on America’s roadways. By taking legal action, victims can seek compensation and hold responsible parties accountable for their negligent actions.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Product Liability Lawyer and Ohio Catastrophic Injury Attorney investigating tread separation lawsuits and representing plaintiffs nationwide.


Understanding Tire Tread Separation

There are different kind of tire tread separation. One is known as “belt separation,” which occurs when the two belts in a tire separate over time. The second instance occurs when separation extends beyond the belts, causing the tread to delaminate from the belt. Both instances typically result in the tire falling apart, which can lead to serious automobile and truck accidents. If a tire’s inner steel belt separates from the rubber, it can cause a sudden loss of pressure, tire blowouts, rollovers and catastrophic injury. Common causes for tread separation include:

  • Over-inflation
  • Improper tire repair
  • Poorly maintained roadways
  • Reckless driving
  • Excessive tire wear
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Design defects

Companies Targeted in Tread Separation Lawsuits

Federal regulators frequently announce new rounds of tire recalls for defects, negligent design and poor manufacturing processes. Millions of tires in America have been deemed defective and have caused accidents and injuries on the roads. Some companies that have recalled defective tires in recent years include:

Recent Tread Separation Recalls & Settlements

  1. Continental Tire recently settled a tread separation case involving a Continental Contritrac TR tire in which the right rear tire suffered a tread separation and caused the vehicle to lose control and roll over. Two occupants were injured and two were killed in the accident.
  2. Honda and Pirelli settled a tire valve failure case involving a 2007 Honda Goldwing GL 1800 motorcycle and Metzeler ME 880 Marathon motorcycle tire. In the accident, the rear wheel of the victim’s motorcycle seized up, causing the motorcycle to wobble and the plaintiff to lose control. The motorcycle crashed and the plaintiff suffered severe and permanent physical injuries, including facial fractures, lung contusion, brain hemorrhage, frontal lobe contusion and a traumatic brain injury.
  3. A jury rewarded a plaintiff in a tire tread separation case involving a Hankook Aurora TH08 radial tire because the tire failed on a cement truck and crashed. The tire’s structural integrity failed and the tread and outer steel belts of the tire separated, causing the truck to roll and led to the driver’s permanent physical, mental, and emotional injury.
  4. Michelin and Ford settled a tire tread separation lawsuit after a 2009 Ford Econoline fitted with Michelin LTX M&S LT245/75R16 tires crashed. The tire tread separated from the right rear tire of the vehicle, and led to a fatal accident.
  5. Goodyear settled a tire tread separation case involving a Goodyear G670 RV tire, which failed and rapidly deflated, causing the motor home to collide with a concrete barrier, and injured all occupants. The driver died of the resulting injury.

Legal Action & Tread Separation Lawsuits

Designing and manufacturing car and truck tires is complex, and tire companies must ensure that their products are safe through intense quality assurance programs. When manufacturers, suppliers and retailers fail to protect consumers, they may face legal action and subsequent tire defect and tread separation lawsuits.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a tire defect related accident, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding tread separation lawsuits.

Contact us today.