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Barum Tires Lawsuit Update

Continental Tire is recalling certain Barum tires which were cured for too long during production, increasing the risk of a blowout during use.
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What’s the Problem?

This recall affects BARUM BRAVURIS 3 HM/215/55 R 16 97H tires, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

These tires were cured for too long during production, which could cause them to develop a break in the sidewall resulting in sudden air loss or a belt edge separation, leading to a tread/belt loss.

“Either condition can cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash,” NHTSA said.

Continental Tire is notifying owners who purchased the recalled Barum tires as replacement equipment. Vehicle manufacturers will conduct recalls for vehicles equipped with these tires at the time of purchase. The tires will be inspected to verify that they are affected, and will be replaced as necessary, free of charge.

This recall began on April 5, 2021.

Tire Tread Separation

A tread is a rubber on the outer edge of a tire that provides traction and makes contact with the road. Tire tread separation occurs when the tread separates from the casing or body of the tire.

Most modern vehicles use steel-belted tire tread technology, which reduces the dynamic deformation of the tire under centrifugal forces, giving the tire excellent high-speed stability. However, as adhering rubber to steel is difficult, there is a chance for tire tread separation in any tire, particularly in hot weather or at high speeds. The bond between the casing and the tread can become degraded over time and lead to tread separation due to manufacturing defects, tire abuse, improper flat repair, under-inflation, or excessive tire wear.

When tire tread separation occurs at high speeds, the driver might first hear a loud thumping noise before the vehicle careens out of control. When the tread separates from the tire casing, it can lead to friction or braking action as it hits or gets caught underneath the car. When the driver tries to over-correct the braking action of the vehicle, it will usually swerve in the opposite direction.

Tread separation can lead to deadly accidents, and in many cases, is impossible to predict. However, there are steps you can take to prevent tread separation, including regular tire checkups, tire rotation, and responsible driving.

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