“Made in China” – Understanding Faulty Tires and Who’s Responsible

Damage caused by accident

Damage caused by accident

Alarmed by alleged tire tread separations, the National Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has decided to recall several companies’ tire brands. Some of these tires reportedly had a defect in which the gum strip was never installed. This strip is meant to combine the different belts of the tires and make it safer. Those without these strips are at danger of catastrophic failure, likely leading to a car crash and injury.

The tires that are included in this recall include:

  • Compass
  • Telluride
  • Westlake
  • YKS

As reported in the New York Times, these were all made in China by the Hangzhou Zhonce Rubber Company. These tires were distributed by several companies in the United States, including:

  • Foreign Tire Sales
  • Omni United USA
  • Orteck International
  • Robinson Tire
  • Strategic Import Supply

In California itself, some tires were distributed by K&D Wholesalers and Tireco. It is not known how many of these tires were sold, but it could easily range to the total of 450,000 sold. Most of the defective tires were manufactured for larger vehicles, such as pickup trucks and vans.

The tire sizes included:

  • LT235/75R-15
  • LT225/75R-16
  • LT235/85R-16
  • LT245/75R-16
  • LT265/75R-16
  • LT3X10.5-15

These tires allegedly caused a series of accidents, including the flip-over of an ambulance in New Mexico. If your vehicle has or had one of these tire types or you were involved in an accident and you had one of these tire brands, reach out to the skilled attorneys at Ehline Law today. Our product liability and personal injury specialists will assist you in finding out who is responsible for your injury or accident. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Ehline Michael
Michael Ehline is a prolific blogger on California and international tort law. He has been a guest on CNN, discussed in major news publications like Forbes, Circle of Legal Trust, Personal Injury Warriors, and International Cruise Victims. He has lobbied congress on behalf of injured consumers, served as a United States Marine, and won millions of dollars for his clients. This blog discusses Ehline's insights and musings on all aspects of negligence law as it relates to all things "accidents." Ehline can be reached at (213) 596-9642.