Defects, design and structural flaws can create dangerous products
Every year, automobiles and related products are mass-produced with dangerous structural and design flaws. Even though manufactures may be fully cognizant of these defective crashworthiness features and automobile parts, they do not recall any product until it is determined to be in the best economic interest of the company. The automobile manufacturers apply a formula, which determines the economic value of the recall. This formula compares the cost of the recall to the cost of paying compensation to victims injured or killed by the defective automobile components. Only if it is cheaper to recall the automobile part than to pay out the predicted compensation to victims will the manufacturer order a recall. Regardless, the safety of consumers is jeopardized in order to maximize profits. If you were injured by an auto part that has been recalled by the manufacture, contact one of the experienced car accident lawyers at The Healy Law Firm in Chicago, Illinois. We will help you build a strong, irrefutable case and secure the compensation you deserve from the automobile manufacture.
When a tire possesses an inherent design flaw or was manufactured improperly, the tire is considered defective. Defective tires cause car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and SUV rollovers. Once a defective tire is discovered, the manufacturer usually issues an immediate recall, but often this recall is too late for many car accident victims. The lawyers at The Healy Law Firm in Chicago, Illinois have successfully represented many victims who have suffered injuries due to defective tires, obtaining impressive settlements for their damages and helping them to resume normal, healthy lives.
The most frequent cause of tire defect involves tread separation. Tread separation results from poor design or placement of various tire components, notably the belts and overlaying tread. Sometimes tire manufactures use old or expired adhesives or fail to set adhesives at the proper temperature, causing the tread to disconnect from the underlying tire structures. Adhesives may also fail to hold the tire together because of the presence of alien objects in the adhesive. In unclean factories, rust, moisture, sawdust, grease and a variety of other impure entities have been found in the tire adhesive.
Bridgestone / Firestone Tire Recall
One of the largest tire recalls in U.S. automotive history occurred on August 9, 2000, when Bridgestone, Firestone, and Ford ordered the recall of 14.4 million tires. These tires, installed in thousands of Ford Explorers across the nation, contained a defect that caused tread separation, which, in turn, caused hundreds of Explorer rollover accidents and subsequent injuries. To date, 300 accidents have been reported as a result of the defective tires.
If you or a loved one has been injured by any defective automobile component, contact our dedicated car accident lawyers, in Chicago, Illinois. The Healy Law Firm has earned a well-deserved reputation throughout the state of Illinois for providing aggressive, effective legal representation to injured accident victims.