Consumer advocates contend that the new rules relating to tires contain language that protects tire manufacturers from lawsuits – language that wasn’t included in the original proposal.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) defends the rule as a way to encourage tire companies to increase safety features.
The regulatory agency has been working on the tire safety rule for two years. However, consumer advocates and safety experts are now working hard to alert the public to the efforts by NHTSA to protect wrongdoers and put consumers at risk for injury or death.
Mr. Beasley agrees that the new federal rules governing tire safety will most likely cause serious safety risks for motorists and their passengers.
These new rules could result in denying victims access to the courts when they are injured or when a family member is killed due to a defective tire failing.
The Firestone tire recall, and the over 200 deaths nationwide associated with defective tires, made American citizens aware of a most serious problem a few years ago relating to defective tires. Had the courts been closed at that time, the manufacturers would have been able to avoid their legal responsibility.
It’s extremely important to keep our state courts open and available to handle product liability lawsuits including those involving defective tires.
Over our nation’s history, accountability in our state courts has been available to make Corporate America responsible when they put defective and unsafe products on the market. The new tire rules are just one example of the Bush Administration acting to protect big businesses at the expense of consumers. Their actions are the result of a campaign both that works both against both safety and consumers.