The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has cautioned motorists
that hot summer weather, defective tires, and motor vehicles overloaded
with vacationers and cargo make up a deadly combination that can lead
to serious auto accidents on US roads and freeways.
One reason the summer heat can create an additional hazard to motor vehicle tires—especially those that are poorly maintained and/or defective—is that the hot weather adds to the temperature buildup of the tire, which can cause the glue that holds it together to stop working until the tire falls apart. Dry air and the sun’s ultraviolet rays have also been known to drastically shorten an already under-inflated or cracked tire’s lifespan.
When a tire blows out and the driver is unable regain control of the vehicle, the car can end up taking a sharp turn or rollover that can result in serious injuries for the motorist and others. The NHTSA says that some 660 people are killed and 33,000 others are injured every year in traffic collisions caused by tire problems. The federal agency also estimates that at least 50 lives could be saved each year and up to 10,600 injuries prevented if steps were taken to properly maintain all tires and keep defective ones off US roads.
There are preventive steps that a motorist can take to properly maintain their tires during the hot summer months:
- Check the tire pressure every month and before going an a long trip.
- Check tires for excessive wear or sidewall deterioration.
- Make sure the tires are properly aligned.
- Rotate your motor vehicle’s tires every 3,000-4,000 miles.
Common Causes of Tire Blowouts Include:
- Manufacturing or design defects
- Shredded tires
- Poor tire construction
- Adhesion failures
Unfortunately, tire defects are not uncommon, and some of the biggest tire
manufacturers in the world, including Dunlop and Firestone, have recalled
defective tires at some point in time. If your injuries occurred in an
auto accident involving a defective tire, our auto products liability
law firm can help you determine whether you have grounds to file a claim
against the tire designer or the motor vehicle manufacturer.
NHTSA Urges Drivers To Check Their Tires During The Hot Weather, NHTSA, August 13, 2007
Desert heat boosts peril of tire blowouts, AZCentral.com, June 18, 2005
Tire Safety, NHTSA
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