I have previously strongly suggested that when people have a tire failure they need to file a complaint with NHTSA.
Got this question "Thanks, Tireman. My next question is when is it
appropriate to report to the NHTSA? After any flat? Or are there
Excellent question as we don't need to be "crying wolf"
If we start at the end of the process I think it will help us understand when and why we would want to contribute to the database of tire failures.
think we can sum up the primary objective for NHTSA as to decrease the number and
severity of injury or accident costs due to a failure of an automotive
system or component. One way to achieve that goal would be to hold the
manufacturer responsible for providing parts that deliver reliable
service for normal and expected operating conditions.
One way to
hold a manufacturer accountable and maybe "hold their feet to the fire" is to order and require a manufacturer
to replace a part that has been found to have an abnormally high failure
rate due to either design or manufacturing problems.
data submitted to NHTSA, that agency decides if an investigation should
be started. The investigation could be limited to a review of test and
manufacturing data or it could involve NHTSA conducting it's own tests.
what data does NHTSA use to decide it an investigation is justified?
There is suppose to be a combination of warranty data from the part
manufacturer plus a review of complaints filed by individuals.
presents a problem for NHTSA. How should they judge consumer complaints
when they know that consumers seldom have the technical knowledge to do
a proper or thorough evaluation of a product failure?
question really is.... Should the tire manufacturer be held responsible
for a tire loosing air due to puncture or leaking valve? It may be
difficult or nearly impossible for the consumer to do the proper
investigation to learn the root cause of the failure.
It is well
documented that over half of RVs on the road have one or more tire in an
overload and or under inflated condition. Should the tire company be held
accountable for an overload or low inflation?
believe the RV company or the tire manufacturer should be held
responsible for the tire failure then you probably should file a
If you take a few minutes you might even decide the
failure was not the fault of the tire company but of the RV company that
selected a tire with no margin for any loss of air or load variation.
You still need to provide tire information but in the last case of poor
tire selection I would be sure to include statement with actual measured
loads and the small reserve load the tire selected provided.
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