Continental’s brand, General Tire, has been dealing with extensive recalls for fifteen years. Since 2002, General tires have been the subject of news stories about catastrophic tire failures and fatalities.
Why the Tires Were Recalled
In 2002, certain General tires were found to have a lower than specified rubber gauge between the belt edges. This could lead to a tread separation and cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle.
A later 2005 recall found that certain General tires could wear prematurely and that they failed to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 119.
Which Tires Are Involved in the Recalls
General Tire was well known in the early 21st century as the leading manufacturer of replacement tires for several different makes and models of trucks and SUVs. The tire models affected by recalls over the past several years include:
- General Grabber AW Tires
- General AmeriTrac Tires
- General Grabber TR BSW Tires
Vehicles Most Commonly Affected by the Recalls
Because the recalled tires were also used as replacements, many different vehicles have the affected tires. But the most common vehicles affected by the recall include:
- 2000/2001 Lincoln Navigator (two-wheel drive model)
- 2000/2001 Ford Expedition (two-wheel drive model)
The “Informal Recall” That May Affect You
Another issue reported by many consumers affects General’s AmeriTrac line, although a formal recall was never issued. Users of these tires reported that they vibrate, the tread separates, the tire bulges and/or the tire has blown out while in use.
What to Do If You Have General Tires
If you own a vehicle with General Tires, you can confirm whether your tires are affected by a recall by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) website, Safercar.gov, where all recalled tires, models and sizes will be listed.
You can also check to see if your tire has been recalled by calling the manufacturer. If your tire has been recalled, the company representative should then present you with options for how you can receive replacement tires.
If your tire has not been recalled but you have experienced a failure in your General tire, you can file a complaint with the NHTSA or the following two resources:
- The Center for Auto Safety: This organization researches reported auto issues and complaints.
- com: This is a free website used by consumers as well as law firms to report complaints and identify dangerous safety trends.
Why Contact The Ammons Law Firm
If you have been injured because of a tire failure, you should considering speaking to a defective tire law firm such as The Ammons Law Firm. To speak to an experienced tire defect attorney, we welcome you to arrange for your free consultation with The Ammons Law Firm today at (713) 523-1606.