RV tyres may have caused 95 deaths and injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the US government's road safety agency says it has received allegations that defective Goodyear motorhome tyres caused crashes that killed or injured 95 people over the past twenty years. The agency has been investigating how safe the company's G159 tyres manufactured between 1996 and 2013 following a court order to release information from the company. Around 40,000 tyres are in question. Without revealing the source of its information, the agency says that the tyres may have been responsible for two deaths or injury claims in 1998, four more in 1999, six in 2000, eight in 2001, 18 in 2002 and 57 more from 2003 - 2015.
Claims have been made against the company that the G159 tyre is not suitable for RVs and was originally designed for delivery trucks. It is also alleged that Goodyear attempted to hide the problem by settling cases out of court.
What is surprising that in view of the allegations, the tyres have never been recalled.
In a statement on 5 April, Goodyear said it will cooperate fully with NHTSA in its investigation, including providing requested information on its G159 tires.