Two Michigan men are suing a maker of recreational vehicle tires that they say are defective and pose a safety risk, according to a report in the Grand Rapids Press.
Jeffrey Hunsaker of Byron Center and Dennis Drooger of Holland filed the suit against Aiken, S.C.-based Carlisle Tire & Wheel Co. last January in Kalamazoo. In December, their lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Richard Enslen for class-action status to allow them to open the lawsuit to Carlisle tire owners as far back as 1999.
The newspaper reported that Carlisle says the claims are groundless. The company claims its historical failure rate since it went into business in 1917 is less than 1% and that it pays claims within the warranty period.
Hunsaker said he was towing a year-old camper to northern Michigan in 2004 when it began shaking and rattling. He pulled over and found the tire’s tread had separated.
The same thing happened on the way home with a different tire, he told the Grand Rapids Press.
Drooger said he was pulling a trailer to Ludington State Park in the fall of 2003, when he and his wife heard a “thud.”
He said a tire had lost its tread and the belts inside had unraveled. A friend with an RV on the same trip had a similar failure, he said.
Drooger and Hunsaker are seeking a recall and compensation.
Carlisle has until Jan. 31 to respond to the plaintiffs request for class action status.