According to media reports, Goodyear G159 tires are defective. If you have them on your RV, you should replace them as soon as possible. When you drive these RV tires at highway speeds in New York, the tread can separate from the tire, potentially leading to a crash. This issue has caused multiple deaths.
Goodyear has reportedly known about problems with G159 tires for years but has not issued a recall. Many accidents caused by the faulty tires have resulted in lawsuits settled privately with the company, creating no public record of the problem. Because of this, the government has not issued a recall.
In 2017, the U.S. government started an investigation into these tires. Agencies found that Goodyear knew about the problems with the tires for many years but tried to hide this pattern of serious accidents through secret settlements and other types of hiding documentation. The company did not alert the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as it was supposed to about known problems with the RV tires.
In March, a judge ordered Goodyear to pay $520,000 for not releasing its internal testing data to personal injury victims in a court case. The internal testing showed that highway speeds caused temperatures leading to failures in the tires. While nothing has been recalled, consumers should be on alert for G159 tires.
What should you do?
Goodyear has not made G159 tires since 2007; older RVs mostly use these tires. However, Consumer Reports found some of these tires still being sold on the market, and older RVs may still have these tires on them. You may not think about aging tires if you only use your RV in the summer, but it’s important to check them.
If you have G159 tires on your RV mounted to a rim with a 22.5-inch diameter, do not drive your RV at highway speeds. Replace the tires on your vehicle before your next trip.
If you were injured in an accident caused by faulty vehicle parts, you may want to contact an attorney to see what rights you have. It may be possible to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer.