The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act in 1966 gave the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the authority to regulate standards of vehicle safety and to demand recall of unsafe roadway and automobile parts.
Causes of Tire Failure
Drivers throughout the United States travel a total of more than 2,969 billion miles per year. Whereas good tires perform well along these billions of miles, tire failure causes about 33,000 crashes, resulting in 500 fatalities, every year.
Substandard and faulty tires are responsible for many of these crashes. Even the most conscientious vehicle owner may not see the flaw until the tire fails. Tread separation is often not obvious and defects on the inside of the tire are not visible to consumers.
Furthermore, if you bought a new tire from a store other than the tire dealer, as is likely after owning your vehicle for a while, you may never be notified about recalls from the tire manufacturer.