Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) announced a voluntary safety recall for one size (255/70R22.5) of its Firestone FS561 tire, installed in trailer applications, that was sold both in the United States and Canada between the dates of April 2015 and January 2016. Other sizes and applications for the FS561 commercial truck tire are not affected by this recall.
The tire company has received a growing number of warranty adjustment returns on these tires for tread separation and/or detachment, which present a danger of the vehicle crashing without warning. An estimated 36,000 FS561 tires in the specified size are included in this recall.
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Over the last several years, there have been notable large-scale tire recalls due to defects, including the Bridgestone/Firestone tire recall, Cooper tire recall, Goodyear tire recall, Uniroyal tire recall, and Dunlop tire recall. These recalls have been issued for reasons including replacement of tires with a tendency to crack and split, causing separation of the tire belts from the casing. New tires are frequently added to the list of those being recalled.
Tire tread separations are often the result of design and manufacturing defects for which manufacturers are liable under the law. Moreover, all product manufacturers have the legal responsibility to notify consumers of dangerous defects with their products and undertake recalls. In certain cases, the manufacturers failed to initiate a recall until after lawsuits were filed by injured drivers and passengers. Auto manufacturers may also be liable since, in many instances, the defective tires came as standard equipment with new vehicles.