More Than 100,000 Cars May be Riding on Faulty Tires
If you are reading this, you might want to check your tires.
Nearly 450,000 tires under a variety of brands were recently recalled because of defects that could cause them to fall apart, BGR reports. That puts some 110,000 cars at risk and poses a safety hazard for everyone else on the road with them.
“A sidewalk separation could cause the tire to rapidly deflate, increasing the risk of a crash,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a safety bulletin.
The recalled tires were produced for Cooper Tire and sold under a variety of brands, according to BGR. The list includes Hercules, Mastercraft, Mickey Thompson, Discover, Evolution and Back Country. Some were sold as replacement tires by outlets like Pep Boys, Les Schwab and Tore Kingdom.
Cooper is asking the owners of recalled tires to bring them in for a look and likely replacement. It is urging owners to be careful in the meantime.
“Driving at high speeds may cause this condition to occur and should be avoided until the tires have been inspected and replaced.”
Dealing With Car Defects and Preserving the Legal Rights of Vehicle Owners
The tire recall is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to auto defects. Millions of cars are recalled around the globe each year because of a wide range of defects that pose serious safety hazards. Those defects are often not spotted until long after the cars are shipped to dealers and sold to unsuspecting drivers.
For car owners and lessors in California, the state’s lemon law offers some important rights and protections. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty.
The law also forces manufacturers to buy back cars that the companies are unwilling or unable to fix. That means compensating the owner for the purchase price and related costs, like financing and rental car expenses. Although the company can offer to instead replace the vehicle, it is up to the owner to accept or reject this alternative.
The lemon law also requires car manufacturers to pick up the tab for legal fees that an owner or lessor incurs while enforcing his or her rights.
How a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney Can Help
If you are a California car owner with a defective vehicle, it is important that you consult an experienced lawyer to consider your rights and options. A Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.
Our firm has represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases across the state. We work aggressively to resolve these cases for the people that we represent, guiding them through the legal process every step of the way.
Our offices are conveniently located in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a Los Angeles lemon law attorney.