Our firm is pleased to announce that we will partner with the Millbrook Police Department to sponsor a tire safety event for the second year. The Department will host its annual “Cops & Kids” event on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to educational exhibits, Millbrook police officers and staff will have fun activities available for the entire family. Beasley Allen will set up a booth to educate drivers on the importance of checking tire age, especially during the hot summer months when many families load up for road trips. We have found in litigation that few people are aware of the “age” problem with what appear to be “new” tires with no or little wear.
With no dependable system in place to ensure tire safety, it falls to the consumer to be vigilant. Tire tread and inflation levels are common factors in tire-related accidents. Many people are not aware that as tires age the rubber can become more brittle and more prone to a blowout, regardless of tread or inflation levels. Tires kept in storage for long periods of time can still age.