RV Tire Failures Cause Accidents with Serious Injury/Death
Recreational vehicles have been in the news lately because of catastrophic accidents involving blowouts of Goodyear
G159 tires that result in serious injury and death. These accidents involve large, bus-size Class A recreational vehicles that may seat up to eight people at a time. The weight that shifts around inside these large vehicles is frequently too much for some tires to bear, as has been the case with the Goodyear G159 275/70 22.5 and some Toyo tires.
The Goodyear G159
tires have been used on Monaco and Fleetwood recreational vehicles based on Goodyear’s assurance that these tires would meet RV specifications for load requirements. Goodyear initially designed these tires for large delivery trucks, but their use has been expanded to RVs. Fold-out patios, kitchens, TVs all weigh down the RV and increase the possibility of tire tread and belt separation. The possibility for blowout runs higher in the front of the vehicle rather than the back. Once this occurs, regaining control of the vehicle is next to impossible.
In response to the increase in RV accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
) has initiated an investigation into tire failure involving recreational vehicles. Recently the NHTSA has cited Toyo Tires
with over 40 tire failure incidents, one of which resulted in a fatality. There are currently still thousands of G159s on the market, although the company has begun limited ‘silent’ recall of the tire.
If you have an RV, you should make certain that the tires meet the standards required by your manufacturer. These standards may have changed as a result of the NHTSA’s inquiries into Class A motor vehicles. If you have been injured as a result of a blowout, then you should contact an attorney to find out what rights you have. Please keep in mind there are time limits that may affect your claim.
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