A series of investigative articles by ABC News is revealing that despite a study pointing to a mounting number of deaths and injuries attributed to old and aging tires, the federal safety agency, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not done much about warning consumers about the dangers of these tires and the deceptive business practice of them being sold by major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Sears. According to this report, tires as old as 12 years are being sold as new.
The problem with aging tires is that as they get old, they can dry out and become brittle leading to catastrophic tire tread separations. When a tire tread separation occurs, it usually ends up in serious auto accidents because it causes the driver to lose control of the vehicle. It is a serious safety issue – what experts call “a ticking time bomb.” But NHTSA apparently refused a request from Ford Motor Co. to impose a six-year shelf life on tires. A private safety research firm called Safety Research and Strategies has so far tracked 167 vehicle crashes that may be attributed to old tires causing 192 injuries and 139 deaths.
What we need at this time is for our retailers to stop stocking these old, dangerous tires in their stores. These are defective products that must be taken off the shelves before they can cause more harm, injury or deaths. What is even more dangerous is that consumers are completely unaware about the dangers of these aged tires.
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