Tire manufacturers and government regulators are aware that millions of tires in use on U.S. roads and highways today are known to be defective and dangerous, but not enough is done to remove these dangerous products from use. With alarming frequency, tire manufacturers announce product recalls of car and truck tires. By placing corporate profit over safety, tire manufacturers leave it up to consumers and vehicle owners to do the homework to determine whether specific tires have been recalled and replaced.
Our defective tire and product liability lawyers have assembled the following information to supply motorists with the data to confirm whether their tires are part of any voluntary or mandatory recalls.
Finding recall information starts with understanding the numeric codes found on tire sidewalls. The tire’s Department of Transportation (DOT) Tire Identification Number, or TIN, is an 11 or 12-digit code. The first 7 or 8 digits contain information about the tire, including its size and the factory where it was made. It’s possible to determine the week and year that the tire was manufactured by looking at the last four digits. The first two numbers denote the week the tire was made, and the last two mean the year.
Analyzing the Tire Identification Number does not reveal information about dangerous or recalled tires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recall campaigns, does not offer any database searchable by a tire’s sidewall number. The only way to retrieve information about specific tire recalls is to visit the NHTSA website and search by the tire’s brand and model.
A properly designed, fabricated, installed and maintained tire is the foundation of vehicle safety. When unscrupulous tire manufacturers allow defective tires to be sold and to remain in use on our roads and highways, these multinational corporations must be held responsible if their products cause crashes that result in injury and death.
Tires found on cars and trucks today come from a long and growing list of manufacturers, brands and subsidiaries:
Our team of tire attorneys has successfully sued some of the largest tire manufacturers in the world, leading to record verdicts and settlements for injuries caused by their dangerous products. The firm has the technical knowledge to bring these highly complex cases to trial, and ultimately hold these multinational corporations accountable for their reckless and negligent actions.