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WASHINGTON -- Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has been named in a
class-action lawsuit by consumers claiming that some of its tires are
The lawsuit, against Goodyear and its
Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. unit, claims models of
their Load Range E, Load Range D, light-truck
and recreational-vehicle tires are defective and
"not fit for their intended use." The plaintiffs are
represented by Carey & Danis and Cohen
Milstein Hausfeld & Toll.
Filed Nov. 16 in the Circuit Court of the Third
Judicial Circuit of Madison County, Ill., the suit
claims Goodyear has left "millions of tires on the
road in which the defect has not been
addressed or corrected."
On Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration informed Goodyear, Akron, Ohio,
that it was beginning an investigation into the
tires. The company responded by claiming the
tires have excellent durability and performance.
The agency plans to examine 21 million tires
manufactured between 1991 and 1999 after
receiving 37 complaints about tread separations
on Goodyear's Load Range E tires, including
reports of 31 crashes involving 15 deaths and
The investigation comes three months after a mass recall of Firestone
tires that were linked to traffic deaths and other accidents.
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. has said it had replaced more than five
million tires, or about 80% of those recalled.
Goodyear started investigating the Load Range E tires at least four
years ago. But changes, including adding an extra nylon layer, took
three years to be implemented on all tires in the series.
Since becoming aware of the problems, Goodyear made changes to the
tires but denied that it held a "silent recall,'' where repairs are made
during regular check-ups, sometimes without the customer's
knowledge, if a defect doesn't pose a danger to a car's passengers.
Goodyear received more than 3,000 claims since 1995 about its
light-truck tires, according to a report published Tuesday in the Los
Angeles Times. The company said it had provided "customer
satisfaction" replacements on a case-by-case basis.
Goodyear says it has received claims involving injuries or fatalities
arising from 30 accidents since 1994, leading to 25 lawsuits, five of
which have been settled.