Discount Tire recalled nearly 80,000 SUV and light truck replacement tires because of a defect which could increase the risk of a crash.
In February 2015, Discount Tire began to notice premature separations on its Pathfinder SAT light truck tires manufactured between Aug. 5, 2013, and May 19, 2015.
According to papers filed with NHTSA, these replacement light truck tires may have been manufactured with a inner liner gauge that is lower than what is required in the tire’s specification. As a result, the tire tread may separate and cause rapid air pressure loss. Tread separations and/or air pressure loss increase the risk of a crash.
Owners have the option of receiving a free replacement tire or they may choose to receive a full refund. Owners who have already purchased a replacement tire will be reimbursed by Discount Tire.
Has Your Tire Been Recalled?
If you are not sure if your tire is subject to a recall, call the manufacturer of the tire directly. For example, if you have a Discount Tire on your vehicle, you can call their customer service number at 1-866-892-8078.
Information about all tire recalls is available on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. You can check the status of your tires by visiting safecar.gov and clicking on “Search for Recalls.”
How to Report a Problem with Your Tire
If you have experienced a tire failure, there are a number of organizations and associations you can contact for more information, including:
- The National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- The Center for Auto Safety (CAS)
Before contacting an organization, be sure you have key information handy to help these organizations investigate your claim:
- Brand of tire
- Line of the tire
- Tire size
- Specific DOT Number for your tire
When to Seek Legal Guidance
If your tire is under recall, it is likely the manufacturer will replace your tire for free, or they will reimburse you for the cost of purchasing a new tire. Should a manufacturer choose not to replace a recalled tire or if they attempt to charge you for it, you can call the Vehicle Safety Hotline to file a complaint at (855) 971-1662 and you can report the issue to NHTSA.
If you have been injured because of a tire-related issue, or if you have suffered property damage, then you may want to contact an attorney experienced in tire litigation.
The Ammons Law Firm prides itself on our team of accomplished attorneys who serve the entire United States. We make sure to investigate all potential claims you may have due to your tire’s failure.
By reaching out to The Ammons Law Firm, you are taking the first step towards determining whether your tire may have been defective. To speak with a knowledgeable tire defect attorney today, please call us at (713) 523-1606 for your free consultation.