Defective Tires and Conicity

A typical driver seldom gives their tires a second thought. A good vehicle owner will perform regular tire-related maintenance by rotating and replacing it at the recommended time but other than that, it’s just a piece of rubber with air in it. There are no moving parts so what could go wrong, right?

Well, a lot, actually.

The tires carry all the weight so it is a crucial part of the vehicle, but because it is such a simple part, people tend to presume that it is okay to use as long as it is within the manufacturer’s warranty. However, tires are just as prone to manufacturing defects as the most complicated piece of machinery. Because tires operate under continual stresses, it is important that it is properly manufactured to avoid problems during use. One of the most common tire manufacturing defect is that of conicity.

Conicity is the tendency of a tire to roll in a conical manner. Actually, conicity is not precisely a defect when it is there by design. It can improve the smoothness of the ride if tires of equal conicity are placed on the left and right side of the vehicle. However, when conicity is there by mistake such as resulting from an error in placement or a misalignment in production then when it is placed on a vehicle it results in wobbling or steering issues.

Conicity cannot be diagnosed from just looking at it. It requires careful testing and measurement to do this off-car. However, once it is mounted, the effects become immediately apparent to a reasonably attentive driver although perhaps not as bad as it will be with more use.

Unfortunately, most drivers are not as attentive of these signs as they should be, and conicity can cause the driver to lose control of a vehicle at high speeds which, as pointed out on the website of Ronald J. Resmini LTD., can lead to serious injuries and even death. If the conicity is due to a manufacturing defect, then the manufacturer may be held liable for any resulting injuries and damages.

If you bought a defective tire that led to a serious accident, you may have grounds to sue the manufacturer, and in some instances the distributor and seller as well. Find out more by consulting with a tire defects lawyer in your area.

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