About 500 people are killed and 19,000 injured in tire-related accidents annually. Many motorists are unknowingly driving on defective tires because of what has been called ‘a broken recall system’.
Tire sellers do not always register the tires sold to consumers with the manufacturer. If a problem is detected and a tire is recalled, manufacturers are unable to contact owners to warn them that they are in danger of a car or truck accident. When the tires are registered, owners may move or sell the car, hampering recall notification efforts.
A federal accident investigation board report reveals that only 1 and 5 tires is being removed in safety recall practices, leaving 56 percent of defective tires in use. This makes the roadways a very dangerous place for everyone.
Take the case of a Florida driver who crashed a 15-passenger van after a tire failed. Detecting a vibration while driving, the driver stepped out to examine the tires, but could not spot a problem. Tragically, farther down the road, the van was involved in a crash after the tire exploded, resulting in a number of fatalities and injuries. The faulty tire that caused the accident had been recalled 18 months prior, but unfortunately, an attempt by the manufacturer to notify the unregistered buyer was sent to an outdated address.
Although consumers can register their tires directly with the manufacturer, many skip the process not realizing this would result in the notification of a recall. The National Highway Safety Administration lists recalled tires on its website, but few know of the resource so many consumers are left in the dark when a recall is issued.
Recommendations to solve the problem call for Congressional action requiring the stringent registration of new tires. Registration should include the consumer’s name, phone number, address, email address and the identification number of the car. While implementation of new procedures develop, car owners are advised to diligently check for recalls on their vehicles by contacting the tire manufacturer or checking the NHTSA web site.
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Source: U.S. News & World Reports, “NTSB calls for Mandatory Tire Registration, Says Recall System for Faulty Tires Broken”, accessed August 14, 2017.