A coroner has urged motorists to regularly check their vehicles tyres after hearing a “dangerously defective” tyre was the cause of a head-on crash.
The inquest heard that two men died when one of the drivers lost control of his Toyota MR2 which was fitted with a tyre that was totally bald in places and strayed into the oncoming lane as it negotiated a bend.
The driver, Zohiab Hanif, 19, struck the Vitara being driven by John Reed, 49. Both men were killed after the collision in Swansea last July.
South Wales Police accident investigator Phil Painting told the inquest that he inspected both vehicles and found a rear tyre on the Toyota to be defective.
It was produced as evidence and had little or no tread all the way around.
He said it was his opinion that the tyre had deflated before the collision causing Mr Hanif to oversteer as he negotiated the corner.
Coroner Philip Rogers said that having viewed the “dangerously defective” tyre it was “incumbent on us all that the tyres on our motor vehicles should be regularly checked.”
He added: “But for the defect of this tyre I’m sure we would not be sitting here today.”
Oliver Hall, Operations Team