Wed 10th Jan | 2018

NHTSA Opens Investigation Into Goodyear Motor Home Tire Failures

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Federal regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have opened an investigation into potentially defective Goodyear motor home and RV tires that may pose risks of separation and blowout, causing serious injuries, and death. According to NHTSA, the investigation was launched after a court ordered the tire manufacturer to release data from lawsuits previously sealed under court orders and confidential settlements.

The release of data was an essential step in protecting public safety, and one that has renewed concerns over claims suggesting Goodyear motor home tire failures could be caused by a safety defect. Specifically, regulators are evaluating data, lawsuits, and settlements involving roughly 40,000 G159 tires manufactured between 1996 and 2003, as well as a number of complaints filed with NHTSA over G159 tire failures and subsequent crashes.

According to NHTSA, Goodyear was not required to report many of the claims to federal regulators, but at least 9 reported claims to the agency involved 13 injuries and one death. Some of those claims raised allegations that G159 tires were not designed for extended highway use on motor homes.

The lawyers at Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman have handled hundreds of defective cases over the years including cases involving RV tires manufactured by Goodyear and other RV tire manufacturers.

Defective Tires & Victims’ Rights

While the NHTSA investigations are still pending, they could mean big things for consumer safety and victims who suffered serious injuries in crashes caused by tires that were defectively designed. Under product liability law, manufacturers can be held liable for victims’ damages (including their medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more) when defectively designed or manufactured products, including tires and auto parts, cause preventable harm to consumers.

Over the years, our West Palm Beach-based personal injury lawyers at Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman have established a reputation as leaders in cases involving defective products. This includes a verifiable record of success representing seriously injured victims and families who have suffered profound harm and losses due to tire defects, which may involve unreasonably dangerous designs and separation failures that lead to blowouts and serious auto accidents. We also co-counsel cases with other attorneys across the United States.

With extensive experience handling personal injury and product liability claims against some of the world’s largest auto and tire manufacturers, Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman has the insight needed to successfully fight for the rights and futures of seriously injured victims and their loved ones. If you have questions about a potential case involving Goodyear motor home tires or other potentially defective tires that led to preventable car accidents, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm for help. Our attorneys have secured over $1 billion in compensation for our clients and can discuss how we can use our experience to help you. For a free case evaluation, contact us.