The Federal Corporation — a little known tire manufacturer — is recalling Couragia A/T tires, size P265/75R16 116S, DOT Serial Numbers UX77 3210-UX770813. In the affected tires, excessive heat apparently causes tread shoulder chunking, which essentially means that chunks of rubber come flying off the side of the tire. The company thus admits that these tires fail to conform to the durability test requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 139, “New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles.” Interestingly, tire companies generally take the position in lawsuits over defective tires that if the tire was sold, it complies with DOT testing requirements because they say so. They also take the position that their testing results are highly secret and cannot be shared with the public.
The company says that tire shoulder tread chunking could cause a tire failure and increase the risk of a crash.
The recall is expected to begin at the end of April 2013.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Ewusiak & Roberts handles product defect cases — including defective tire cases — throughout the country. Chris Roberts has successfully obtained recoveries for clients against most of the major tire manufacturers, including a verdict in 2010 in a Goodyear case that was the third highest in the county’s history. Like the Federal tire recall, that case involved a tire that had excessive heat problems, a defect that often manifests in Southern states where the tires are nonetheless represented to consumers as safe.