How Old Are Your Tires?

On September 26, 2009, our client, just 21 years old, was involved in a fatal accident when his tire separated while driving down an interstate. An investigation found that a Charleston tire retailer outfitted his vehicle with an improperly sized, 10 year and four month old tire, only one day prior to the accident. Joye Law Firm is representing this young man’s estate and has taken a special interest in tire safety since the tragedy.

Joye Law Firm’s attorneys found an ABC News hidden camera investigation exposing some of the nation’s leading tire retailers for selling tires up to 12 years old, as new. According to ABC, “research and tests show that as tires age, they begin to dry out and become potentially dangerous.”

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ABC’s investigators even talked with a Sear’s employee who explained that tires should be replaced after six or seven years of the date of manufacture, regardless of the condition. This same employee went on to sell the undercover investigators an eight-year-old tire.

Despite bulletins from top manufactures such as Bridgestone/Firestone and Michelin, advising retailers to remove tires from service after 10 years from the manufacture date (10-year-old tires law), many retailers continue to sell aged tires.

If you have been injured in an auto accident due to aged tires, call Joye Law Firm at (877) 936-9707 or fill out a free online consultation form and talk to a lawyer today. At Joye Law Firm, we are dedicated to our clients and our community.

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  • “ABC News Hidden Camera Investigation: Aged Tires Sold as ‘New’ by Big Retailers.” Rhee, Joseph and Eslocker, Asa. ABC News. May 2008. Accessed on 10/22/10.

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