A Low Cost Tire Repair Involving a Patch or a Plug May Be More Harmful than You Think, Advises Experienced Tire Defect Lawyer
Over the last three decades, our law firm has investigated many claims involving a tire failure. Many times a tire defect may exist in a new tire but also hazards are often presented when a tire fails and is improperly repaired.
Believe it or not, many well-known tire stores, as well as local gas stations, do not understand how to properly and safely repair and patch a failed tire. In a recent case that our tire defect lawyers successfully resolved, a catastrophic accident occurred just 15 minutes after a tire repair. The Rubber Manufacturers Association, other industry groups, and tire manufacturers publish a set of standards for inspecting and repairing tires. Unfortunately, many repair shops patch or plug tires when a puncture or defect has occurred in an area of the tire that should have never been repaired in the first place. Typically a puncture should only be repaired if it is in the tread area of the tire rather than a sidewall or bead area. In most tires, the repairable puncture cannot exceed a ¼ “.