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Areas of Practice - Tire Defects

Tire Detread Events Can Lead to Rollovers in Trucks and Sports Utilities
Investigation of Driver Reactions to Tread Separation Scenarios in (NADS)




Tire Detread Events Can Lead to Rollovers in Trucks and Sport Utilities
When Ford Explorer Rollovers started to occur nationwide, with the resulting recall of Firestone tires, rollovers and defective tires have been center stage in all product liability news stories ever since. Bridgestone / Firestone was forced to recall millions of their ATX, ATX II and Firestone Wilderness radial tires due to tire defects from tire tread separation causing Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV's) to lose control and roll over. Besides Bridgestone - Firestone, many other tire manufacturers have also had similar tire tread / belt adhesion problems including Continental General Tire Company, Cooper Tire Company, Kelly Springfield Tire, Dunlop Tire, Goodyear Tire, Kumho Tire and others. When a tire tread separation occurs at highway speeds, a rollover and resulting roof crush is a too often occurrence.

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Investigation of Driver Reactions to Tread Separation Scenarios in the National Advanced Driving
The difference in roof strength was obvious when the Nissan Xterra and Ford Explorer, both 2000 models, were subjected to a crushing force up to 10,000 pounds. The Xterra's roof crushed about 2 inches, and damage is hardly visible except for a cracked windshield. Meanwhile the Explorer's roof crushed 10 inches, caving far into the occupant compartment even before reaching 10,000 pounds of force.

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