Lawyers in our firm are handling an increasing number of tire cases involving the failure of tires made in China. American consumers have faced numerous issues with Chinese products including lead-laced toys, tainted toothpaste and pet food recalls. However, the problems with Chinese products are emerging with greater frequency and a major area of concern involve tires. The tires on a vehicle are part of the vehicles and are amongst the most important. One of the most important safety features on an automobile is its tires.
China is currently sending nearly 65 million tires a year into the U.S. and that number is increasing. Many Chinese tire manufacturers have come under attack recently for making substandard and unsafe tires available for sale in the United States. Furthermore, some Chinese manufacturers have been the subject of recalls by many state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
While there have been numerous Chinese tire brands which have been scrutinized, some of the brand tires which have been recalled for safety defects include Westlake Tires, AKS Tires, Telluride tires and Compass Tires. All of these tires are made by the China-based Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Company and all lack the most basic of tire safety features, such as bead wedges and cap plies, which are state-of-the-art in the tire industry today.
Another Chinese tire that our lawyers have found to be failing and causing injury to people is the Sailun S825, a medium truck tire. Our firm has just filed two cases against Sailun and their importers involving failures of the S825. One case in Mississippi involves the death of a retired military man who was working for Oktibbeha County. He lost his life when the right front tire on the truck he was driving separated, causing the vehicle to become uncontrollable.
The other case is in North Carolina and it involves a truck driver, who suffered a disabling injury when the S825 failed on the truck he was driving for his employer. In fact, his employer bought 10 of the S285s from Sailun distributors and has had two other tires fail, causing injury to employees. The employer has removed all Sailun tires from service.
There is also another case pending against Sailun in Florida where several people were injured. We are aware of numerous other cases involving this tire. Interestingly, Sailun has recalled similar tires, but has not recalled the S825 involved in our cases.
In addition to the workers who continue to be at risk while operating cement and other trucks on our highways, all of us who share the roadways with these medium trucks equipped with S825 tires are also at risk of injury or death. When a tire fails on the front axle of a medium truck, such as a cement truck, the driver cannot control the truck and a 40,000-pound vehicle becomes a lethal weapon on the highway posing a risk for others.
Based on what we have seen so far, the tragic incidents caused by this defective tire are not over. Until these tires are recalled and gotten off the highways, people will remain at risk.