Tire design comes to fruition through the manufacturing process, which is generally guided by distinct specifications. Despite these specifications, however, mistakes can be made during the manufacturing process, potentially causing defects to be built into a tire.
When manufacturing mistakes contribute to tire defects, failures, and accidents, the attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm will be ready to help injured people:
- Identify the available legal remedies
- Build strong claims against the negligent tire manufacturers and/or others
- Seek the financial recovery and justice they deserve.
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6 Manufacturing Defects That Can Trigger a Tire Defect Claim
Manufacturing errors that can cause tire defects can result from various factors, like human error, use of poor quality or substandard materials, and/or a lack of quality control in the manufacturing process. Some examples of manufacturing-related defects include:
- Liner pattern marks on rubber components – During the tire manufacturing process, the rubber components are commonly stored in rolls, with the layers separated by sheets of fabric or vinyl. These fabric or vinyl liners may imprint the soft, sticky rubber components with the liner’s pattern. When the imprinted rubber is cured or vulcanized, the rubber may not properly bond, resulting in less durable tires.
- Trapped air within tires – During the curing or vulcanization process, air or water may be left behind, potentially creating pockets of trapped air or steam blisters. These pockets or blisters prevent a tire’s rubber components from properly bonding, severely degrading durability, and increasing the risk of tread separation.
- Material contamination – Like air, foreign materials can also become trapped between the tire’s rubber components, preventing them from properly bonding. These materials can include anything not called for in the manufacturing specifications. Examples include wood chips, nuts, and bolts.
- Inner liner cracks or splices – As a built-in inner tube, the inner liner of a tire is responsible for retaining the tire’s compressed air and, consequently, maintaining tire pressure. Generally, the two ends of the inner liner should overlap in order to properly function. Manufacturing mistakes can, however, cause the ends of these liners to separate, crack or open up, degrading the durability of the tire.
- Belt alignment problems – When properly aligned, the steel belts in tires can enhance durability. If, however, these belts are not properly aligned, they can increase the strain and stress at the edge of the belt, increasing the risk of belt separation. Some examples of belt alignment problems include off-set belts, folded or overlapped belts, and gaps between belt splices.
- Porosity – Referring to the void spaces in a material, porosity in a tire can indicate improper bonding of the rubber components during the curing or vulcanization process. Porous tires are less durable and tend to experience premature failure.
A tire defect lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm can work with experts, like forensic tire experts, to determine if these or other manufacturing defects caused your tires to fail and your vehicle to crash.
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