Thousands of Possibly Defective Michelin Tires Recalled

by Shalimar S. Wallis on 05/11/2012

Tire Detread

An increased risk of tire failure, possibly causing accidents, is behind a new recall announced by Michelin.  The company last month announced a recall of more than 37,000 bus tires.  According to the company, the recall is linked to a sidewall defect, that increases the risk that the tire will lose air rapidly, possibly causing an accident.

The tires included in the recall are the Michelin XZU2, XZU3, and XM505.  These tires were manufactured between 2005 and 2011 at the company’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The company says that it was made aware of these defects by lease fleet customers.  Some of the complaints alleged that the tires lost air rapidly, causing the driver to be in danger of losing control of the bus.  The company began an investigation of the problem.  According to the company, it is not aware of any accidents caused by the defective tires.

A defective tire on a bus can severely increase the risks of an accident.  When a bus suffers a burst tire, tread separation, or any other type of tire-related problem, the bus may be at a real risk of a rollover. 

Rollovers are among the most devastating types of bus accidents.  In a rollover, passengers may be in danger of being completely or partially ejected from the bus.  In such cases, the passenger may even land underneath the bus, causing severe and fatal crushing injuries.  In fact, as Texas defective product lawyers see, some of the highest number of injuries and fatalities in bus accidents involve rollovers. 

Compounding the problem is the fact that federal agencies and Texas state transportation agencies do not make it mandatory for all buses to come with seatbelts, increasing the risk of ejections.

Tags: Automotive Defects, Tire Defects, Product Liability, Michelin Tires

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