The American Automobile Association (AAA) is cautioning drivers to examine their tires closely over the coming summer months. Recent surveys have indicated that a slight majority of drivers don't realize their tires are bald or under-inflated. This is a problem because the tire is coming into contact with the road which during the summer could exceed 200 degrees. Because of these issues, AAA received more than 17,700 calls for tire-related service in Arizona. AAA is estimating a nearly 2.5% increase this summer as temperatures heat up. Each year, underinflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA). To check tires, monitor pressure monthly and insert quarter upside and if George Washington's head is exposed, the tread is not adequate.
At Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, we have handled numerous tire cases including tire defect cases. Our most recent case resulted in a verdict for over $4.3 million dollars for a tire that was manufactured poorly and separated because of the summer heat. If you or someone you know has been injured due to a tire issue, please call our firm.