Inflation and Tread Separation

California Inflation and Tread Separation Attorneys

The Link Between Tire Inflation and Tread Separation

Low tire inflation can reduce gas mileage, negatively affect handling and cause uneven wear. On a defective tire, low inflation can trigger or accelerate tread separation, which can cause auto accidents, injuries and fatalities.

If a tire is adequately inflated, more stress is placed on the middle of the tire. Under-inflated tires carry more weight on their edges. Tire tread separation typically begins on the tire edges, where the steel belts of radial tires can begin to loosen.

Blaming the Victims

In tire defect litigation, tire makers and auto manufacturers regularly blame the vehicle's owner for failing to maintain their tires or for losing control of their vehicles when faced with a tread separation. Vehicle and tire makers have long had the technology to enhance tire safety, but failed to do so because of the costs involved.

For example, as early as the 1970s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considered requiring new vehicles to be equipped with tire pressure sensors that would warn consumers of low tire pressure. Vehicle and tire makers fought the idea.

Wedges and Caps

Tires with extra wedges of rubber at the edges of the tire or nylon caps over the steel belts can reduce tire tread separation. These technologies have not been incorporated into all tire models. Nylon caps, for example, have not been used on any passenger vehicle or light truck tires.

The attorneys of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, are leaders in tire defect litigation. Our firm has the resources and experience to get results in cases involving defectively manufactured tires.

To learn more about our successes, please visit our case results page. To discuss your tire defect case, please contact our law firm. Our product liability lawyers represent clients in the Los Angeles area and throughout Southern California and the entire state. We also consult with attorneys and clients nationwide.

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