Nothing lasts forever, and that includes tires. Like any product made of rubber, car tires wear out over the course of time. After just a few years of use, they can become incredibly unsafe to operate on the roads.
Carmakers, tire manufacturers, and automotive-accessory retailers all know about these dangers. Nevertheless, many of them continue to engage in dangerous or deceptive sales tactics that put innocent people’s lives at risk. That’s especially true in the used tire market.
At The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A., we care deeply about the safety of New Jersey’s motorists. We expect the tire and automotive industries to behave responsibly and obey the law. When they don’t, we are prepared to hold them accountable and fight for comprehensive compensation for victims.
This webpage will explain some of the common problems relating to defective tires in New Jersey. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident involving a damaged or defective tire, a Parsippany personal injury attorney at our firm can help.
How Tire Damage Happens
As the automotive industry knows all too well, tires that are more than six years old are dangerous, regardless of their appearance, tread depth, or extent of use.
Think of it like a rubber band. Even if you put one in your drawer and never touch it again, it’s ready to crumble a few years later. Rubber just can’t last.
Internal tire degradation happens when tires weaken in integrity over time. It’s often impossible to detect degradation with the naked eye, but it’s happening nonetheless. Even experts have a difficult time assessing the roadworthiness of a tire before it falls apart, and that’s why the age of the tire is such an important indicator of safety.
Examples of Negligence Related to Defective Tires in New Jersey
The companies that make cars and tires have a responsibility to ensure the safety of consumers. The same is true for the businesses that sell tires, regardless of whether they’re sold new or used.
Unfortunately, businesses often engage in dangerous business practices when making or selling tires. These include:
- Failing to attach warning labels to tires
- Placing warning labels in an area where they are difficult to read
- Failure to warn consumers about the dangers of old tires
- Failure to disclose a tire’s age
- Knowingly misrepresenting the age and/or quality of a tire
- Representing a used tire as “safe” or “like new” when it is not
- Failing to take reasonable steps to verify the age of a tire before selling it
- Manufacturing a defective tire
- Failure to adequately test a manufactured tire for safety
- Refusal to correct reported problems in a timely manner.
When businesses make these or other mistakes, they pose a substantial safety hazard to the public — not only to the people who buy defective tires but also to the others who drive alongside them on the road.
How a Parsippany Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective or faulty tire in New Jersey, The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. can help. We can work with industry experts to hold companies and their insurers responsible for your injuries, as well as the expense and suffering those injuries can cause.
Remember: never use tires more than six years old. They are a threat to your life, as well as to others.
To schedule a free consultation with a Parsippany personal injury attorney today, please call 1-855-432-2489 or use our online quick connect form as soon as possible.
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