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Tire recall linked to fatal rollover accident in Texas

There is a host of potential causes for car accidents, including drunken driving, road conditions, inattention and drowsiness. And according to a news report, the cause of a recent fatal car accident in Texas was a tear in the tire tread.

This week the tire manufacturer Goodyear recalled 41,000 Wrangler Silent Armor tires used on vans, SUVs and pickup trucks. KBTX reported the serial numbers of the tires that were recalled due to the occurrence of small tears that could separate the tread. Crash investigators determined it was that defect that caused a fatal rollover accident that killed two young adults last August.

According to the accident investigation, the tread came apart on an SUV driven by a 21-year-old Sul Ross State University student. The faulty tread caused the SUV to skid and roll over, taking the lives of the driver and his 18-year-old female passenger, who was a fellow student.

KBTX further reported that Goodyear had been made aware of the potential tread separation issue one year prior to the fatal accident. Surviving family members expressed frustration that the tire manufacturer did not notify the public of the issue.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the tire manufacturer believed the SUV tire involved in the fatal rollover had been subjected to external damage prior to the accident. Even so, Goodyear is sending recall notices to owners of six sizes of the tires in question.

Texans know that manufacturers have an obligation to ensure that their products are safe for consumers. And when a defective product causes a car accident such as this one, the manufacturer may be subject to a civil lawsuit from the loved ones or family members of those who lost their lives as a result of the faulty product.

Source: KBTX, "Fatal Texas Car Crash Leads to Tire Recall," Jeremy Rogalski, March 2, 2012

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