Tire Safety Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization in Metro Atlanta.
On October 15, 2012- a Monday afternoon, Kristen had just dropped off her 5
year old son at a friends house to play as she headed to her second job. Traveling
down I-85 in south Atlanta, when she experienced a sudden and catastrophic tire tread separation. Her vehicle had flipped several times while ejecting Kristen out of the rear window and throwing her onto the interstate.
She was life- flighted to Atlanta Medical Center and suffered from a broken hip
and pelvis, severe burns, and her head completely busted open causing her to need a blood transfusion. Thankfully for the wonderful doctors and nurses, she was released a few weeks later and was sent home in a wheelchair for the next 6 months.
Not knowing what happened or why, her mom had explained to her that she had a crash due to a tire that had been recalled over ten years ago and that her tire was dangerously old- 14 years old. Kristen had hired several attorneys before finding the perfect duo that would help her with the next 6 years of litigation.
During this time, Kristen had learned to what extent the recall system is broken
and how corporations within the auto and tire industry could be so negligent and
placing profits over safety.
Through this experience, Kristen was empowered to establish a 501 (c)(3) not-
for-profit organization- Tire Safety Foundation (TSF). To help raise awareness and
bring education on tire safety- particularly in manufacturer safety recalls as well as tires
She now works at the local, state and federal level to recommend and advocate
for legislation that advances tire safety recall system regulations.