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Yokohama Tire Corporation Recalls Over 10,000 Tires due to Sidewall Defect

By Renee Nordstrand on October 15, 2012

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the recall of 10,669 Yokohama AVID Touring S tires, size 215/65R16 as the result of a manufacturing defect that can lead to tire failure and result in an auto accident.

Yokohama AVID Touring S tires of the aforementioned size, which were manufactured from February 2009 to April 2009 and may have been produced with geometric irregularities in the casing turn up area above the bead in the lower sidewall. The irregular geometry of the casing can cause the lower sidewall to crack, resulting in a rapid loss of tire inflation and eventually leading to tire failure. If the tire fails while the vehicle is in motion, the driver may lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of an injury accident.

Yokohama will notify owners of the recall and dealers will replace the tires at no cost to the consumer. This recall is expected to start on or around October 20, 2012. For more information, owners can call Yokohama at (800) 423-4544 or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

A vehicle’s tires are the most important piece of equipment on a car as they are the only parts that actually touch the road. If they are defectively manufactured or poorly designed, they can fail and jeopardize the health and safety of the vehicle’s occupants as well as other motorists and road users. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Southern California car accident caused by defective tires or any other auto part, the defective product attorneys in Santa Barbara can help you hold the manufacturer liable for their negligence. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us for a free consultation at (805) 962-2022.