Tire went flat on I580(California) from Hayward to Livermoore going about 70mph. If you want to skip the story, Paragraph 4 is where the important stuff is.
1) Around 11:15ish?? Mazda3 veers right a couple times, I check rear-views in case to pull over. A cop car behind me was flashing lights, and slowing traffic behind me. I pull over to the left shoulder. Cop car leaves as he sees I'm pulled over and safe.
2) I get out, left rear is blown. Call Kyle to let everyone else know I won't be making the cruise. Get out jack and begin jacking up. I'm thinking "Crap I must have ran over glass or a nail..."
3) Pull off tire and the inner tire sidewall is SHREDDED(see pics). The tire look like it just blew-out and wasn't punctured by any object. I checked the tread of the tire and no holes, metal, glass or nails sticking out.
4) It's been about 5 hours since it blew out. I'm concerned that the tire blew out at 1200 Miles or so on the car, without reason. I'm afraid that if more tires blow out, in worse conditions than mine (70mph, low traffic + police assistance) this may be another Ford/Firestone incident. The Mazda 3 is in its first model/first year.
True the tire may have just been overinflated at the dealership(the other 3 are at 32 psi), or perhaps I was just unlucky.
I'm going to go to the dealership to give them a heads up and hopefully get a new rim and possibly get the tires swapped. I'm going to file a complaint/comment/warning with my regional Mazda and Mazda USA. Gonna spread the word to other Mazda forums as well.
I'm grateful I'm alive though and there's no damage to the vehicle, as the situation could have been much worse. If I can't get any warranty or Mazda Usa direct compensation, it's cool, but there's no reason not to try.
Hopefully I was just an unlucky guy who got the 1 in a thousand bad tire that wasn't properly inspected before sold and put on a vehicle. Good motoring all!
Best part of all!! Yellow Rim of Bling!
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