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The Hidden Risks of Aged Tires: A Cautionary Case Study

When a vehicle’s original spare tire, aged 15 years, was put to use, it failed catastrophically within just 25 miles of installation. This incident underscores a critical advisory from vehicle and tire manufacturers alike: tires should generally be retired from service between 5 to 10 years from their manufacturing date. This recommendation holds true regardless of the tread depth, as the risk of failure increases significantly with age. In fact, it is a consensus among tire manufacturers to deem any tire over 10 years old as unfit for service, prioritizing safety over the remaining tread.

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Comprehensive Tire Analysis Services

With our expert analysis, you’ll receive detailed insights and reliable testimony to support both legal professionals and industry clients.

01.

Tire Failure Analysis

  • Comprehensive examination to determine the cause of tire failures.
  • Expert identification of manufacturing defects, wear patterns, and damage.

02.

Vehicle Inspection

  • Detailed vehicle evaluations to assess the impact of tire failures.
  • Confirming the compatibility and fitment of tires to the vehicle.

03.

Legal Expert Witness & Testimony

  • Thorough vehicle inspections to determine accident sequence and a tire’s involvement in the incident.
  • Familiar with 100’s of publicly available reference materials to review relativity to the subject case.

04.

Accident Reconstruction

  • Analysis of tire failure roles in vehicular accidents.
  • Reconstruction of events to understand tire performance during accidents.

05.

Tire Maintenance & Safety Consulting

  • Guidance on proper tire maintenance to prevent future failures.
  • Consulting on tire safety and performance for consumer and commercial clients.

06.

Service Station Procedure Review

  • Evaluation of tire installation, rotation, and repair procedures.
  • Assessing the service history for adherence to safety standards and best practices.
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Our Areas of Expertise

  • Automobile & Tractor-Trailer Collisions
  • Automotive Component Failure Analysis
  • Bicycle, Motorcycle & Pedestrian Accidents
  • Biomechanical Analysis & Injury Consistency
  • Black Box & ECM Downloads and Analysis
  • Boat, RV & ATV Accidents
  • Building Codes, ANSI & ASTM
  • Digital Video Analysis
  • Fire Origin and Cause Investigations
  • Guardrails, Roadside Safety & Construction Zones
  • Human Factors
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Lightning Strike & Power Surge Investigations
  • Material Fracture Analysis
  • Occupant Kinematics
  • Patent Litigation Technical Analysis
  • Plumbing Failure Analysis
  • Product & Machinery Failure Analysis
  • Retail Facility Safety
  • Slip, Trip & Falls
  • Theme Parks & Recreation Facility Safety
  • Tire Failure Analysis
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