What Makes a Tire Defective?

Product Liability Attorney Mike Eidson Investigates Negligent Manufacturers

If you use a product as intended and suffer an injury as a result, you could be entitled to file a product liability suit. Mike Eidson is a prolific defective products attorney, and his work in the field includes litigation involving the Ford Pinto, the Toyota unintended acceleration suits and the Ford/Firestone tire blowouts that caused SUV rollovers. In this video, Eidson explains who might be responsible for defective tires.

Video Transcription:

A defective tire is a tire that does not perform as a consumer would expect it to perform under normal operating conditions. It fails when you wouldn’t expect it, creating a dangerous hazard, a dangerous situation for the driver of the car. A defective tire can be through design where it’s not robust enough for its use. We go back and we investigate the way it was designed and determine whether or not, through various testing and so forth, what was wrong with it. Why did it fail through the design process? That’s a design case, and we handle those cases.

The second type of way a tire can fail is a manufacturing defect. It was not manufactured the way they designed it. That is a case that, no matter how much care you took in designing your product, the law says if the manufacturing process was available to make it safe and the product came off the line and that one didn’t get caught and was defective and caused an accident, then we’ll be able to compensate you and recover for you in that case. So you have two types of tire cases: a design case and a manufacturing defect.