Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:23:22 GMT
(WMC) - Officials believe the majority of the problems concerning 911 calls have been corrected, according to the Shelby County 9-1-1 district director. Over the weekend, wireless users in several Mid-SouthMore >>
Officials believe the majority of the problems concerning 911 calls have been corrected, according to the Shelby County 9-1-1 district director.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:12:13 GMT
(WMC) - Dollar stores are becoming a target for criminals in Marshall County. The most recent came this past Saturday in the Mt. Pleasant community. Two clerks were robbed at gunpoint just after the storeMore >>
Dollar stores are becoming a target for criminals in Marshall County.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:49:52 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis City Council met to discuss possible cuts to the benefits of city workers Tuesday. Once again city retirees, employees, and supporters packed the chamber as the council considered threeMore >>
Memphis City Council met to discuss possible cuts to the benefits of city workers Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:46:11 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis fire union leaders are among the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against City of Memphis. The union has filed an injunction to stop the city from proceeding with widespread health care cutsMore >>
Memphis fire union leaders are among the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against City of Memphis.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC TV) - Despite an Action News 5 investigation five years ago that revealed an age code on every tire, 72 more people nationwide have been either hurt or killed in accidents involving aged tires.
Since 2008, according to the study, 41 drivers and passengers were injured and 31 were killed due to the failure of tires sold either as new, used or spares -- despite bearing U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) codes indicating they were between five and 11 years old at the point of sale.
Kane argued that consumers either don't know or can't recognize the 4-digit DOT age code on every tire.
"The first two digits are the week of manufacture, and the last two digits are the year of manufacture," said Jay Guiltner, owner of Steele-Guiltner/Grimes Tire Pros stores.
In September 2009, NHTSA required tire manufacturers to imprint the code inside an oval on the outside wall of every tire.
But Kane said the evidence of more injuries and deaths is an indication the federal government should mandate a simpler, more conspicuous code.
"There have been many missed opportunities to put a non-coded date on tires," he said. "We argued (to NHTSA) that changing the DOT from the obscure week-and-year representation to something that was immediately (recognizable) to the average person wouldn't conflict with other possible tire-aging requirements. Any improvements are likely to be negated if consumers still cannot at a glance discern the age of the tire.
"NHTSA has done absolutely nothing to address the issue."
"NHTSA is committed to providing the public with important information related to tire maintenance and safety," countered Derrell Lyles, spokesperson for the agency. "The agency has a number of initiatives underway, including new standards that tire manufacturers are now required to follow for measuring tire fuel efficiency, safety and durability.
"In parallel, NHTSA plans to update and revamp its information on tires to help ensure the public can make informed tire-purchasing decisions at the point of sale and online."
2008 was the last year Kane submitted a tire aging safety study to NHTSA. That study revealed 128 fatalities and 168 injuries in accidents involving tire or tread separation since 1992.
Every one of those accidents involved the failure of a tire six years old or older.
That was also the year The Action News 5 Investigators first reported the accident and subsequent lawsuit of Teresa Taylor.
According to the suit, Taylor was driving her SUV on Interstate 40 in Crittenden County, AR, in 2007 when the tread on her driver's side rear tire -- bought NEW one year before -- separated and shredded. She lost control, crashed -- and her 15-year-old cousin Tevin Pettis of Memphis, a passenger in her vehicle, died in the accident.
Her attorneys' investigation revealed the failing tire's DOT code showed it was manufactured in 2002. They alleged it sat on a shelf at Whitehaven's Sears Auto Center, 1200 Southland Mall, for four years before it was sold new to Taylor in 2006 (for our complete 2008 investigation, please clickhere).
Five years later, Taylor's suit remains in mediation. Her lead attorney, Julian Bolton of Memphis, said he could not comment. Neither would Sears.
"Sometimes, (tire retailers) are selling tires that they have no idea are aged tires," said Jeff Rosenblum, a Memphis attorney with experience in litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases. "The retailers in our country have an obligation to go through their inventory and to remove old product."
The problem is "old product" sells, particularly in the low-income neighborhoods of the Mid-South.
Kane's updated study included, for the first time, the sale of used tires.
Jeremy Ellis, assistant manager of Tires for Less in the Bethel Grove neighborhood of South Memphis, advertises used tires for as low as $20. He said he's simply meeting a market demand from his poorest customers.
"Basically, everybody don't (sic) have money for new tires, so we have used tires, and we have reasonably used tires," he said.
He admitted, however, that he is unaware of the DOT code on tires and how to read it.
As he presented what he described as a "pretty good used tire," The Action News 5 Investigators showed him its code and identified its age.
It was an 11-year-old tire.
Most tire manufacturers recommend not selling a new tire with a DOT code older than six years. But well-reputed tire retailers will replenish their new-tire inventories after two years.
"If we haven't sold it in two years, we don't really need to maintain that inventory," said Guiltner. "Any tire that's been out there in service five to six years, we look at fairly closely to look for any aging aspects."
Guiltner said he supports keeping the 4-digit DOT code as it is. "It's got the week and the year of manufacture. It's not a complicated code."
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school andMore >>
A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:21:47 GMT
(WMC) - Police were called to an early morning accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis. Witnesses say at least three passengers were in the car. TheMore >>
Police were called to an early morning fatal accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:04:31 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis dispatchers tell WMC Action News 5 Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue is being evacuated.There is smoke coming out of the restaurant. Investigators are still trying to figure out if somethingMore >>
Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue was evacuated early Tuesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:21:00 GMT
(WMC) - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has reports of two school bus crashes on Austin Peay Highway. One is at the corner of Austin Peay and Pleasant Ridge involves a bus and a car. The other is atMore >>
A bus leaving Bolton High School with 32 children on board crossed the center line and hit a truck towing a Bobcat utility work vehicle.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:54:29 GMT
(WMC) - A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape. Investigators say Michael Lewis, 32, and his roommate Bryan Wilson, 32, raped the young girlsMore >>
A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape by the Shelby County District Attorney's office.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:15 GMT
(WMC) - "It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 monthsMore >>
"It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 months old. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:16:14 GMT
(WMC) - For over a century, Memphians graced the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — typically held from mid-September to early October. The first "Shelby County Fair" ran for two days inMore >>
For over a century, Memphians dared rides, spectated various entertainment acts, and devoured food at the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — once held from mid-September to early October in the Bluff City.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. PoliceMore >>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.More >>