Treading Dangerously: Lax Safety Inside Goodyear Tire Plants

An investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting finds that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has ranked among the top five manufacturers for worker deaths since 2009.

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An investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting finds that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has ranked among the top five manufacturers for worker deaths since 2009.

Four died at the Danville, Virginia plant in one year.

Production demands and leaky roofs at two plants endangered workers and contributed to consumer risks.

This Aug. 1, 2011, photo provided by the Texas Peace Officers shows the vehicle at the scene of the rural West Texas crash that killed Kerrybeth Hall and Matthew Smith. Police listed a Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor tire – among more than 40,000 tires the company later recalled – as a cause of the crash. (Texas Peace Officers/Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting via AP)This Aug. 1, 2011, photo provided by the Texas Peace Officers shows the vehicle at the scene of the rural West Texas crash that killed Kerrybeth Hall and Matthew Smith. Police listed a Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor tire – among more than 40,000 tires the company later recalled – as a cause of the crash. (Texas Peace Officers/Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting via AP)

Tires involved in three fatal accidents since 2011 were made in North Carolina and Virginia. Police say a tire from the North Carolina plant caused a crash that killed two people in Texas. The company recalled that tire and over 40,000 others like it, saying tread could separate and cause a wreck.

The company says it has fixed workplace safety problems and ensures its tires are safe.

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