Changing Tires with Split-rim Wheel Assemblies can be Hazardous.
Split Rims and Multi-piece rims are very dangerous and deadly. We handled our first split rim case years ago. A young man that worked for an equipment rental company was changing a tire when it exploded. Even though a safety cage was used, his hand was mangled. He was very lucky to have a hand. He had a very good hand surgeon.
These are found on military trucks, forklift trucks, cranes, scooters, caravans and wheelbarrows. They are also used for some off-road vehicles (because they allow the tyre to be removed without special equipment).
There are two basic types of split-rim wheel assemblies:
■ multi-piece wheels
■ divided wheels
Multi-piece wheels have a split-spring flange that is levered into a groove in the side of the wheel rim (known as the gutter groove). Some have additional flanges held in place by the split locking ring. If these parts are not seated correctly, there can be a violent separation of the wheel parts as the tyre is inflated. We were able to settle his case for a substantial amount.
A special type of multi-piece wheel has a three-piece, demountable rim in which the disc is created by short spokes forming part of the hub.
These consist of two parts bolted together with an outer ring of rim fasteners, the whole assembly then being bolted to the vehicle hub by an inner ring of hub studs. Loosening the rim fasteners with the tyre under pressure has resulted in violent separation of rim halves, causing fatal injuries. Loosening the hub studs can have the same result if there has been damage or unauthorised repair to the wheel.
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The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC understands that you have questions about your rights and safety, and are probably concerned what might happen to you if you were involved in a serious or deadly split -rim or Multi-piece rim explosion accident. We are committed to fighting to get you the justice you deserve, and maybe help you regain your peace of mind in the process. Contact The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC today to discuss your case with a product liability lawyer in San Diego.
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