A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against National Tire and Battery and TBC Corporation over the companies’ alleged failure to provide with each tire sold a federally required paper registration form. Filed in Florida, the case says the registration forms, which must include the tire dealer’s contact information and identification number of each tire sold, play a critical role in contacting consumers in the event of a safety recall.
A focus of the lawsuit is how ineffective safety recalls have reportedly contributed to consumer injuries and deaths. Among other examples, the case highlights a 2015 lawsuit filed against a North Carolina retailer over tires that went unregistered. An individual died and others sustained permanent injuries caused by defective tires, the complaint says. It was later determined, the complaint goes on, that the store’s failure to provide statutorily mandated tire registration forms prevented the purchasers from being contacted in time when Michelin North America issued a recall prior to the accidents.
The plaintiffs, two Virginia Beach residents, argue that wrapped into the price they respectively paid for their tires was the expectation that they could be reached in the event of a manufacturer recall.