For Over 30 Years

Aggressive Personal Injury
Legal Representation

blog home Auto Product Liability Causes and Consequences of Tire Failure

Causes and Consequences of Tire Failure

By Grant Law Office on July 21, 2011

A car’s tires are one of the most important pieces of automotive equipment, as they are the only part of the vehicle that touches the road. Consumers, tire manufacturers and car manufacturers alike have a duty to make sure that a car’s tires do not reach a level of damage that will endanger the lives of the driver or passengers.

Consumers must inspect their car tires regularly and pay attention to tire failure warning signs such as cuts or cracking of the sidewalls, uneven tread wear, excessively worn tread, bulges or blisters, and excessive vibration. These are often caused by improper inflation, misaligned wheels, damaged tires, or suspension problems. Improper inflation, specifically under-inflation, is a common cause of tire blowouts. Additionally, poor manufacturing and/or design also cause tire failure and/or blowouts.

A tire manufacturer is expected to use quality materials and to provide accurate specifications for all of their tires. Tread separation, which leads to tire failure and/or blowouts, is often caused by poor manufacturing. Using old or expired adhesives, unclean manufacturing facilities, or even improper temperatures can cause tire tread and belt separation. Poor quality rubber can also cause tire failure. Manufacturers are also responsible for determining the appropriate tire pressure. If the established psi is incorrect, the chances of a tire blowout increase, as do the chances of losing control of the vehicle and even rolling over.

Car manufacturers often set the specifications, such as tire pressure, for the tires to be used on their cars. It is common for auto manufacturers to ask for tires with adjusted specifications rather than to make changes to the actual vehicle, as was one of the alleged accusations during the Ford and Firestone tires controversy. If a tire manufacturer sells a poorly made or designed tire and tire failure occurs, the tire manufacturer may be held liable. If a car manufacturer alters a tire’s original specifications and tire failure occurs, the auto manufacturer may be held liable. If a car company uses a poorly manufactured or defectively designed tire and tire failure occurs, both the tire and car manufacturers may be held liable. Both the tire and car manufacturer may be liable for using a tire that has a manufacturing defect or a design defect.

The Firestone and Ford controversy demonstrated the dangers of tire failure. Approximately 250 deaths and more than 3,000 serious injuries resulted from these tire failures. If you or loved has been injured in a Georgia car accident that was caused by tire failure, the skilled Atlanta auto accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., can help. We will investigate the cause of your tire failure to determine fault so that you may pursue compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights at 404-995-3955.

Related Articles:

Contact us today for a free and comprehensive case evaluation.

We require no legal retainer or upfront fees,
and you pay nothing unless we prevail.

Phone: (404) 995-3955

Our Results

Wrongful Death Day Care Case

View More

Firm News

Susan G. Komen standing next to a tent

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure

Kim Grant participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, walking over 60 miles over three days and raising ...

Habitat for Humanity Employee

Habitat for Humanity

Kim and Wayne Grant have worked on two Habitat for Humanity Houses and look forward to working on more ...

Baby in Child seat

Grady Hospital Volunteer Work

Kim Grant has donated volunteer hours in Atlanta, including rocking babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Grady ...

Read more news

Our Blog


Determining the Fault of an Elevator or Escalator Accident

Elevator and escalator accidents can be devastating, causing severe injuries that can result in life-long consequences. To ensure…


What Are the Damages in Georgia Wrongful Death Cases?

Losing a loved one is an immensely painful experience that can cause unimaginable grief and emotional distress. In…


How Drivers Should Adjust Their Driving During Bad Weather

Georgia’s unpredictable weather can turn a routine commute into a hazardous journey. As a result, it is crucial…

Read more news
Grant Law Office

Grant Law Office Disclaimer: The legal information offered herein by Grant Law Office, is not formal legal advice, nor is it the formation of an attorney client relationship. In order for our firm to be considered your attorney there must be a signed agreement between the client and the firm. Any results set forth herein are based solely upon the circumstances of that particular case and offer no promise or guarantee on the outcome of any other case. Please contact a lawyer for a consultation.

© 2023 Grant Law Office - All rights reserved.

Photos by Carroll Morgan - Buckhead On-Site Photography | Website Design and Legal Internet Marketing by: SLS Consulting SLS ButterflyScholarship
*Wayne Grant has been practicing law since 1979. Grant Law Office was founded in 2000.