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Old 03-01-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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Tire blow out question...

So I bought a new tire from a little motorcycle shop in the great town of Tomball,Tx who doesn't get enough credit even though they have awesome customer service :cough,cough:. I went for a ride last night and for some reason started thinking about what would happen if my back tire blew out. Just completely exploded and caused me to wreck.

Who would be liable if the tire was defective? Would they pay for the damages? Me, the shop or the manufacture. Could you 'sue' them at all?

Not that I would sue myself or the shop, but I would sure as go after the manufacture if I could.
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Why would it blow out?
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would be a long and ardious process

tires generally don't "blow up" something caused it

have seen a few bike tires delaminate (commonly called seperation) but that is few and far between. usually the bike will start to shimy bad enough that you'll slow down.
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It would depend on why the tire failed.
If it was mounted incorrectly or damaged during installation than it would be the shops liability.
If it failed due to a manufacturing defect than obviously the manufacturer would be liable.
In todays world more likely than not both the manufacturer and the shop would have a suit brought against them.
Hopefully the shop would have liability insurance to fight it or they'd be out of business, many shops don't.
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Unless there was a manufacturers recall it would probably be a to prove liability
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It would depend on why the tire failed.
If it was mounted incorrectly or damaged during installation than it would be the shops liability.
If it failed due to a manufacturing defect than obviously the manufacturer would be liable.
In todays world more likely than not both the manufacturer and the shop would have a suit brought against them.
Hopefully the shop would have liability insurance to fight it or they'd be out of business, many shops don't.
How would either of these be proved?

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Unless there was a manufacturers recall it would probably be a to prove liability
The recall could also possibly be linked to previous fails, no?

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The recall could also possibly be linked to previous fails, no?
Yep, or a run of tires that were defective in some way but as of yet had no prior failures.

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How would either of these be proved?
The recall could also possibly be linked to previous fails, no?
To prove the shops liability it would have to be blatantly obvious.
It would almost have to occur very shortly after the shop installed the tire, since after that a claim could be made that someone else handled the tire or that even the plaintiff willfully damaged the tire.
A manufacturers defect would be easier to prove. The NHSTA has a team of tire experts that investigate potential defects.
In the end most insurance companies would probably settle out of court if the case had enough merit.
Another good reason to make sure that any shop that works on your car or bike has insurance.

To answer your other question, yes, most recalls are the result of multiple defects brought to light by consumers and the NHSTA.
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I wouldn't sue this specific shop even if it was their fault.

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can excessive down force compression between the road and the tire cause it to break off the bead under normal PSI levels?
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Im sure site sponsors would love to sell and mount a tire for you now.
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can excessive down force compression between the road and the tire cause it to break off the bead under normal PSI levels?
Good question. I don't know about bikes, but cars it definitely would.
Always had people coming in saying they "blew out a tire" hitting a pothole, but inner carcass, valve stem, and wheel all looked fine. I'd air it back up and they were on the way.
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And this is why must shop DO NOT install used tires.. new tires only or you're S.O.L...

I had a dealership mount my front tires and a week later my valve steam busted! I was going about 100mph when this happened.. this was very scary but was able to handle the bike and not crash.
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And this is why must shop DO NOT install used tires.. new tires only or you're S.O.L...

I had a dealership mount my front tires and a week later my valve steam busted! I was going about 100mph when this happened.. this was very scary but was able to handle the bike and not crash.
No wonder...you had two front tires on a bike!


yeah, tires are not something to be taken for granted though.
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Was it a new valve stem?
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