Before heading out on the road this holiday season, be sure to inspect your vehicle and especially your vehicle wheels! When wheels fail and separate from a vehicle, serious accidents and injury may result, or if the errant wheel strikes a person, another vehicle or other physical property, property damage, personal injury or even death may occur.
Wheels are involved in accidents for a variety of reasons. J.E.I. Metallurgical has investigated several wheel accidents caused by:
- Over or under torquing of the wheel nuts, which resulted in clamping failures,
- Failure or unthreading of the axle nut and loss of the wheel,
- Failure of a wheel bearing and loss of the wheel or wheels,
- User abuse or misuse, or
- Metallurgical or manufacturing defects.
Be safe this holiday season and thoroughly inspect your entire vehicle before your trip! Don't end up like the photo below!
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season!