A California RV owner who believes Bridgestone/Firestone Steeltex tires are defective has gone to court seeking a recall of the tires, according to the Associated Press.
The RV owner, Robert Littell of Cathedral City, wants his case to be made into a national class action lawsuit. A hearing on his request was scheduled for today in Indio.
If Littell’s case becomes part of a class action, he will also seek a $1 billion reimbursement for the motorists who bought RVs, pickups, ambulances and other vehicles equipped with Steeltex R4S, R4SII and A/T tires.
Littel, who is represented by attorney Joe Lisoni of Pasadena said he filed the suit because five Steeltex tires that he used on his RV “disintegrated.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not recalled Steeltex tires because it has found no pattern of defects. In fact, after an 18-month investigation, NHTSA found Steeltex tires performed better than some competing brands, according to the AP.
However, Lisoni said 175 ambulance services around the country have replaced Steeltex tires with competing brands after tread separations and accidents.
About 41 million Steeltex tires have been produced over the years, according to Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc., the new name for the manufacturer of the tires.