Goodyear Covered Up Tire Defect Linked to 9 Deaths

Goodyear Covered Up Tire Defect Linked to 9 Deaths

Have you heard of the Goodyear G159? It is a tire that was originally designed for lower-speed delivery vehicles, but has been used on RVs over the past two decades. And, unfortunately, it has been the cause of many crashes over those years. Yet, the tire was never recalled, thanks to a legal campaign by Goodyear that swept the issue under the rug.

At least 41 lawsuits have been filed against Goodyear over the last 20 years regarding the safety of the G159, and an investigation revealed the defect was linked to at least nine deaths and 34 injuries. But the real numbers are higher. Goodyear admits it has received at least 98 injury and/or death claims related to the G159.

G159 Not Designed for RV Use

The lawsuits have accused Goodyear of selling a tire to RV manufacturers that was not designed to handle highway speed while equipped to an RV. The tire was designed for regional delivery vehicles that should travel no more than 65 mph. However, at least 40,000 G159 tires were installed on RVs between 1996 and 2003.

The tires were prone to heat-induced failure when used at speeds over 65 mph. RV owners reported accidents dating back to 1999 due to tread separations and tire blowouts. But the company’s aggressive attempts to settle the lawsuits and seal legal documents, including testimony and internal data on the tire defect, have prevented the NHTSA from investigating and launching a recall for many years.

However, on Jan. 1 of this year, the NHTSA reported that it was examining the G159 tires used on Class A motorhomes. The agency has said Goodyear is cooperating with the investigation.

“This deadly tire defect should have prompted a recall long before now,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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