Bridgestone Corporation has 141 production plants in 24 different countries making it the largest manufacturer in the world of commercial and passenger tires. The company is based in Tokyo and was founded by Shojiro Ishibashi in 1931. It employs more than 143,000 people all over the world. Bridgestone is considered by many to be a leading pioneer of rayon-corded tires.
The company has a very long history with tire recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has verified 77 Bridgestone tire recalls to date, with some going back as far as 1987.
The Willis Law Firm has tire defect attorneys who have litigated numerous cases successfully against Bridgestone Corporation for many motor vehicle accidents that have resulted in injuries. If you own a vehicle that has this tire brand installed on it, and it has caused injuries to you or a loved one, then our law firm can fight to obtain compensation for the injuries you have sustained.
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Bridgestone Tire Recall History
Given that Bridgestone is the largest tire manufacturer in the world, it has a higher potential for producing tires that are unfit to use on vehicles. This reality is confirmed by the following list of some of Bridgestone’s tire recalls:
Bridgestone/Firestone (with the latter being the flagship brand of Firestone since 1988) recalled a total of 6.5 million 75R15/P235 Firestone radial ATXII and radial ATX tires, which to date have caused 46 known deaths. The tires were produced in two of the company’s North American plants, with the ATX11 (produced in Decatur, IL) and the ATX (produced in Mexico), and were found mainly on Ford vehicles. The NHTSA has reported another 80 injuries caused by tread separation.
4,202 scooter and motorcycle tires were recalled by Bridgestone/Firestone due to its failure to comply with the Federal labeling requirements. So far there have been no known reported injuries.
Bridgestone/Firestone recalled approximately 127,000 FR 280 tires, size 75R15/P235, due to reported tread separation and distortion. They were produced in factories from September 9, 2007, through July 2, 2008.
2,900 Firestone Champion Fuel Fighter and Firestone FR710 were recalled due to tread separation reports. They were produced and shipped from the Wilson, NC Bridgestone facility.
Searches in government databases revealed a number of active recalls and investigations less related to consumer safety. The incident in 2000 is still one of the largest product calls in the history of North America.
Were You Injured as a Result of Bridgestone Tires?
Poor quality tires can cause personal injuries and also wrongful death. That is why it is so important for consumers to understand what their legal options are. Before filing a suit, check your tire’s identification number (TIN) within the NHTSA database to determine if your tire is affected by any current recalls.
The TIN is a series of numbers and letters that start with DOT and end in a 4-digit number. The final 4 digits indicated when your tire was produced. If the final 4 numbers were 1916 that would mean your tire was produced during the 19th week of 2016. The information is critical since tires that are sold to you that were subject to recall and cause injuries will result in the manufacturer being civilly liable.
Call The Willis Law Firm Tire Attorneys
Injuries caused by Bridgestone tire recalls might qualify victims for various non-monetary and monetary benefits. Give The Willis Law Firm a call today at (713) 529-9377 for your free confidential case review.