If your car is recalled, you’re probably going to get a notice in the mail telling you to take it to the dealership and explaining the severity of the recall. However, what about the parts of your car itself, which can put you in danger if they fail? For tires that should be recalled, the National Transportation Safety Board found that you will probably never know there is a problem.
The issue, according to the NTSB, is that tires are not registered efficiently enough—many don’t end up getting registered at all—and so they can’t be tracked down as easily as vehicles. A company may know that a certain make needs to be recalled and isn’t safe at all, but the company then doesn’t have any way to figure out who bought those tires or to contact those people specifically.
They can still issue a wide-ranging recall that is in the news, of course. If people don’t see it, though, because they never watch the news, they could still drive on unsafe tires that have been recalled without ever knowing that they’re doing so.
The NTSB also noted that many people don’t know much about tire maintenance or what happens as a tire ages—and the risks that that can pose. They said that the automotive industry—including the tire manufacturers themselves—didn’t do enough to inform and educate people so that they could spot issues and risks on their own.
Have you been involved in an accident in Baltimore caused by an unsafe tire? If so, you might be able to seek financial compensation for any injuries.
Source: National Transportation Safety Board, “NTSB Passenger Tire Safety Report Cites Deficiencies in Registration and Recall System; Highlights Tire Aging and Maintenance,” Oct. 27, 2015