Tire failures, blowouts and detreads are foreseeable and preventable events, but when was the last time you checked how old the tires on your vehicle are?
In a special report aired during “America Now,” Beasley Allen attorney Rick Morrison offers his knowledge of tire safety by showing reporter Mark Bullock one of his client’s tires. According to Morrison, when the tire was first installed it appeared brand new; however, the tire was actually ten years old. Just 72 hours after the tire’s installation, the tire failed, resulting in a massive rollover accident and paralyzed an innocent 21-year old girl. Oxidation, which occurs through air, heat and sunlight, can age a tire drastically and increase the risk of a blowout. Car companies have now updated guidelines to say tires older than six years can be dangerous to consumers, but that does not prevent stores from attempting to sell them.