Ravenna, OH asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Products Liability for Ohio

Q: Can a dealership knowingly sell a truck with under rated tires on it and hide this by dangerously over inflating them?

I purchased a used truck (2015 F-250 Super Duty) from 3/6. 3/22 the tire pressure low light came on.

The air pressure recommendations on the door placard of the truck recommended 80psi rear and 65 front.

I checked the max pressure on the tire sidewall and immediately noticed the tires were underrated for the truck. The max psi on the tire itself is 50psi. When I checked the pressure in the tires the dealership had over inflated these 50 psi tires to 83 psi in rear and 65 psi in the front to keep the low tire pressure indicator from illuminating. The tire pressure and tires were one of the things they checked in their "safety inspection"

A tire shop said the tires could have been damaged by being so over inflated a. One tire has small defect on the sidewall. Also said it's dangerous to drive with these tires on it. Goodyear website says tires are incompatible and and lower load index than required. Does the dealership have any responsibility, should they replace these? Thank you

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Products Liability Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A starting point could be to bring the underrated tires to the attention of the dealership. If they agree to the issue you raise and are willing to work with you to remedy the problem, that might be the most cost-effective solution.

Tim Akpinar

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