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Looking back: The Firestone-Ford controversy

Rollover accounts for a majority of road-related incidents in the country. According to the website of the lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.,® rollovers could be a result of almost anything: a defective tire, poor road condition, defectively manufactured car suspension components, and driver negligence. Whatever the cause of a rollover might be, it could be life-changing for the victims, and may even be tragic for some.

In August 2000, incidences of rollover caused two closely-knitted companies, tire manufacturer Firestone and automaker giant Ford, to part ways in a somewhat bitter manner. The issue started when Firestone initiated the recall of 6.5 million of its tires, most of which had been mounted to Ford Explorer – Ford’s most profitable car unit during those times. The recall was made after the company learned about tire tread separation, triggering road accidents such as rollovers.

But the move did not significantly curb road incidents across the country. In fact, by 2001, rollover incidents involving Ford Explorer mounted with Firestone tires climbed to more than 200! Firestone said that there’s something about Ford units that makes them more prone to rollover crashes. In retaliation, the automaker giant promised that it will remove all Firestone tires equipped on their Ford Explorers, totaling 13 million tires, all at their own expense.

The two decided to end their partnership in a curiously distasteful way. The two giants of the auto industry had a century-long supply relationship before Firestone vowed not to enter into any agreement with Ford in 2001. Harvey Samuel Firestone and Henry Ford were personal friends, and they were even connected more closely in a marriage with their grandchildren, William Clay Ford, Sr. and Martha Parke Firestone.

Until now, nothing is really clear about who’s at fault. That’s why the website advises car owners to have their vehicles secured with an insurance that could cover for any untoward incidences, such as property damage and bodily injury. Most importantly, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® recommends inspecting your car for any defects before hitting the road is always a wise, reliable way to keep rollover accidents at bay.

Tire Safety is Road Safety

Many of us think that road safety begins the moment you get behind the wheel. But defensive driving doesn’t guarantee a safe and accident-free journey. In fact, the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® mentions that there are many possible causes of road accidents apart from driving error, and one of them is poor tires.

A Louisville car accident lawyer may tell you that even a single tire defect is enough to wreak havoc not just to you and your occupants, but also to others sharing the road with you. This means not just hefty medical bills and repair costs, but also heavy legal fines on either parties. So, for a trouble free ride, remember to always check your tires first before hitting the road.
Although tires manufactured in substandard quality are more prone to defects, there are some common tire problems that are totally preventable. Here are some of them:

  • Over or under inflation – Most tire-related accidents have been a result of a tire blowout caused by an under inflated or over inflated tires. Your tires specs should tell you the correct pressure, but most tire experts would recommend between 32 and 35 psi.
  • Worn out tire tread – The simple trick here is to use the penny test. Using a penny, hold Abraham Lincoln’s head upside down. Place it on one of your tread’s groove in between tread blocks. If you see the top of his head, then most likely you are in need of a new tire. You may also prevent wearing your treads easily by regularly rotating them, usually after every six months.
  • Incorrect tire mounting – Tire separation from your axle could be an injurious, even a tragic disaster. To prevent your tires from being separated from the axle, make sure your lug nuts are tightly attached and are not corroded. If you don’t know how to mount your tires and secure your lug nuts, it is better to seek help than to suffer unwanted surprises.