For many in California, owning a motorhome is like a dream come true. The freedom to travel without worry about finding expensive accommodations is worth the cost of purchasing and maintaining such a vehicle. However, recent reports show that some motor homes may have a deadly auto defect and that consumers are not getting the whole truth about it.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun an investigation into reports that certain Goodyear tires used on motorhomes may have a serious defect. Although the affected tires were manufactured between 1996 and 2003, some are still on the road today. One report under the scrutiny of the NHTSA says that more than 98 people died in accidents attributed to the defective tires, and over 600 crashes resulted in property damage.
Forty lawsuits have been filed against Goodyear because of the tires, which tend to suffer catastrophic failures causing motorhome drivers to lose control. The results of these lawsuits and other confidential settlements have been under seal, but a court recently released the information, prompting the investigation by NHTSA. Goodyear never issued a recall for the tires despite decades of reports of tire blowouts, accidents and lawsuits.
Facing a corporate giant like Goodyear may seem daunting to the average person. However, when California families lose loved ones in preventable accidents caused by auto defects, it may be the best way to seek justice. Often, with the aid of an attorney, victims of such accidents come together to form a class action against the negligent company.
Source: topspeed.com, "Tiremaker could be in a lot trouble if it's found to be withholding data away from investigators", Kirby Garlitos, Jan. 8, 2018