When someone is injured or killed in an auto accident, the driver is usually responsible. But blame could also rest in the hands of the manufacturers and even the legal system designed to keep defective vehicle parts off the road.
In October, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that the system to recall defective tires is broken and ineffective. The investigation was launched in response to an auto accident in Florida involving a van equipped with defective tires that left two people dead and eight others injured. Neither the owner of the van nor its mechanics were aware the tires had been recalled.
According to the NTSB, there are 33,000 accidents in the U.S. each year due to defective tires, and even when tires get recalled, most drivers are unaware. Having defective tires can result in you being held responsible for the damages in an auto accident.