In the video clip above, you see James “Jim Streets” Skonzake use a remote control to drive the Golden Sahara II custom car onto the stage of the "I’ve Got a Secret" television show. Streets bought the car from George Barris and took it on a national tour that included an appearance int the Jerry Lewis movie, "Cinderfella." But Streets then put the car into storage in Dayton, Ohio, and it remained there until being discovered after his death in 2017 and consigned to Dana Mecum’s annual Original Spring Classic auction this past May at Indianapolis. The car was purchased at the auction by the Chicago-based Klairmont Kollection. Larry Klairmont hired Speakeasy Customs and Classics of Chicago to restore the car and turned to Goodyear for help with the car’s unusual glowing tires. The car and its tires were showcased Tuesday at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. “The 1950s and 60s were a period of intense innovation for Goodyear,” said Henry Dumortier, … [Read more...] about Glowing Goodyear tires unveiled beneath restored Golden Sahara II custom
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Proper and regular maintenance of your Jeep Wrangler is important as doing so ensures that your automotive performs optimally. You, however, need to take note that you will only get the best of your Jeep Wrangler only if you provide it with products that are specifically meant for it. Just picking and using any product that you come across isn’t a good idea when it comes to your jeep. Types of tires for Jeep Wranglers Before buying a new tire for your Jeep Wrangler, you first need to figure out the purpose that it is going to serve. This should answer the question on the exact place that you intend to use the vehicle more often and the types of trails that are found in such places. Based on the above, we have the following types of Jeep Wrangler tires: 1. Mud Slinging Tires Commonly known as mud terrain, mud tires have chunky and huge treads that make them the best on squishy surfaces. These tires will give your vehicle the utmost grip due to their lugs. Your Jeep Wrangler … [Read more...] about A Comprehensive Review of the Best Tires for Jeep Wrangler in 2018
In June 2002, facing numerous complaints about a tire that had been installed on thousands of motorhomes, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. put out a service bulletin one RV manufacturer to replace the tires for certain owners, free of charge. By then, Goodyear had received at least 20 injury and death claims over failures of the tire, the G159, as well as 310 property damage claims. Armed with knowledge of the high failure claim data, federal regulators are asking the company why it didn’t simply conduct a safety recall instead for the tires, which would’ve let owners of all G159-equipped RVs know about a potential safety issue. More and more, lawyers, regulators and customers are asking this: if Goodyear was aware of so many reported problems with this tire, why not recall it? It’s a question that has factored into the 41 lawsuits Goodyear has faced over the last 20 years due to accidents involving failures of the G159 275/70R 22.5, characterized by one attorney … [Read more...] about Why Didn’t Goodyear Recall An RV Tire That’s Linked To At Least 98 Deaths And Injuries?
In October 2003, Billy Wayne Woods and his family packed into a luxury $181,000 motorhome for a fun getaway to Florida. Call it a textbook American vacation: their destination was Disney World, and with his wife, Shirley, his son and daughter-in law and two grandchildren in tow, the trip would surely be one to remember. But on the return home for the Alabama family, the vacation took an abrupt turn for disaster. Somewhere along I-75 in Georgia, the treads came off the left front Goodyear tire of their Monaco Coach RV. Woods tried to keep the RV under control, according to a lawsuit filed by his family, but it crossed over the median and slammed into an embankment. The nearly 40-foot-long vehicle then hit a direction sign, slid across the entranceway for a rest area, and struck a second embankment, before finally coming to a stop. Both Woods’ wife and his daughter-in-law suffered broken backs; his son, a broken hip. His two grandchildren were uninjured, but the crash left Woods … [Read more...] about How Goodyear Hid Evidence Of ‘The Worst Tire Made In History’ Linked To At Least 9 Deaths
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. received failure claims over a tire that was installed on thousands of RVs and is linked to at least nine deaths, dozens of injuries, and hundreds of crashes as early as 1996, the first year it was manufactured and installed on motorhomes, according to court documents obtained exclusively by Jalopnik. The documents also show that Goodyear appears to have vastly underreported the number of failure claims it had received over the tire to federal regulators during a previous inquiry more than a decade ago, and confirm the tire is almost certainly still on the road today. The documents include a letter attorney David Kurtz, who is pursuing an ongoing case against Goodyear, sent to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last summer, requesting the agency to look into failures related to the tire. It spells out what he’s learned over the last 15 years during a protracted legal battle with the company. He sharply portrays what he describes as an … [Read more...] about Goodyear Knew Of Dangerous RV Tire Failures For Over 20 Years: Court Docs