How Safe Are the Tires on America’s Roads?

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February 12, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

Tire Blowouts a Critical Threat

Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson served as lead counsel in litigation involving Ford Firestone tires, which were involved in several rollover accidents caused by the tread separating on these tires. When tires blow out, they can easily cause the vehicle to lose control and injure multiple drivers and passengers on the road.

Video Transcription:

Tire blowouts are one of the most dangerous things that can happen to a person driving a car at highway speed. They’re sudden, they’re unexpected and they can immediately cause the car to go out of control and crash. The frequent result of a tire blowout, whether it’s caused by a tread separation—where the tread comes off the tire—or just suddenly loses air for any reason, is it’s a drag on one of the wheels which the driver can’t anticipate. What they do is, they’ll immediately veer off the road, which results usually in a rollover accident. A lot of times even people wearing seat belts; those seat belts come loose or they come out of the seat belt and they get ejected. Then they suffer brain injuries, there are deaths and there’s paralysis.

So this is one of the most severe and dangerous things that can happen to a person when they’re driving a car. That’s why tire safety is so important. Back in 2000, when we were representing tens of thousands of people around the world, I was the lead counsel in the Ford Firestone litigation at that time. Our actions led to the recall of 40 million tires. We represented well over a thousand people; this group of lawyers that were handling these cases from all over the world because these tires were failing prematurely, exactly the way I just described to you. Cars were going out of control and people were dying. We were able, effectively, to get Firestone to take the tires off the cars. 40 million tires were taken off and turned in. We think that saved tens of thousands of lives of people that would have had accidents like this if those tires had remained on their cars. So this is a serious thing that I’m talking to you about; tire safety.