A decade ago angry Honda Civic owners took to the Internet to voice their complaints over their prematurely worn tires. The Civics and Civic Hybrids affected were 2006 to 2009 models, with the majority of problematic vehicles being the 2007 model.
Initially Honda ignored the issue. The company then stated that the combination of the rear suspension geometry, stock tires, and alignment angles was causing the excessive wear on the vehicles’ rear tires.
Despite the fact that Honda agreed that the stock tires could be a contributing factor, the company only agreed at first to cover the cost of new controls stamped with the letter “C” to try and fix the problem. As more complaints piled up stating this replacement was not fixing the problem, Honda finally agreed to pay a prorated amount for the replacement of tires.
Honda Places Restrictions on Which Tires Will Be Replaced
On February 8, 2008 Honda issued a Technical Service Bulletin for their 2006 to 2007 Civic 2-door and 4-door models about the uneven and/or rapid wearing of their tires (Civic Si’s were not covered). Honda offered to pay a partial amount for their customers’ tire replacement, but only if they met the following requirements:
- The tires must have been properly maintained (i.e. properly inflated, balanced, etc.)
- The tires cannot show any signs of “abuse”
- The tires must not show any signs of inner edge or diagonal wear
- The tires must not fall within what is defined as the “abnormal wear range” by the Technical Service Bulletin
What to Do If You Suspect You Have Defective Tires
There are a number of associations out there which actively manage defective tire complaints and will report dangerous trends.
- File a complaint with CarComplaints.com
- This website is free and is dedicated to revealing trends and informing owners of any potential issues with their vehicle.
- Report the issue with the Center for Auto Safety (CAS)
- CAS strives to protect consumers by researching auto safety issues. This organization has also made ensuring that the US government enforces proper safety laws and protocol its mission.
- Notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- This US agency has the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations and has the power to force defective product recalls.
When Should I Contact a Defective Tire Lawyer?
The Ammons Law Firm offers free consultations to anyone who has suffered damages because of a potentially defective tire. If you have been injured because of a tire failure, then you may have a defective tire claim.
Most cases will fall into one of the three broad categories:
- A manufacturing defect
- A design defect
- Inadequate warnings or instructions advising how to properly use the product
One of our expert tire defect attorneys will go over your case with you and will provide advice on whether and how you may be able to proceed with a claim.
The Ammons Law Firm protects victims of defective tires across the United States. To arrange for your free consultation, call us today at (713) 523-1606.