The dangers of an exploding tire - Click above to watch video after the jump

As anyone who's been near a big rig that's lost a tire on the interstate will tell you, rubber under pressure can cause some serious damage. In an effort to promote shop safety, the crew from Branick Nitrogen put together a quick video showing just what kind of havoc overinflating a tire can cause inside of a garage. Apparently, this kind of scenario causes more than its share of accidental deaths around the world. After watching the footage, we can certainly believe it. In this case, it looks as if the bead lock separates from the rim itself, creating two large metal projectiles in addition to plenty of rubber shrapnel.

Fortunately, the tire in question was housed in a protective cage designed to handle this exact sort of situation. The force of the failure actually causes the cage to be ripped from its anchors and the metal structure suffers dearly at the hands of physics. Hit the jump to see the chaos for yourself.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is EXACTLY why I leave my tires totally deflated at all times. It's just not worth taking a chance, man.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Um....Thats not the tire failing its the rim itself
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would have been a lot more fun to watch if they replaced the restraint cage with a Mythbusters dummy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm... so judging from this article's topic, I should know "what a tire looks like exploding in slow-motion" ...Sadly I do not. I know what it looks like when a two-piece wheel explodes, but nope, no tire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember those split rims - they were once common on 3/4-ton and 1-ton pickups. It's funny to see this, as I was just looking at an ad for a repainted (76k original New Mexico truck now in Canada) '68 Chevy C-20 pickup in the Hemmings, and one of items mentioned was that the original split rims had been replaced with one-piece stamped wheels.
      • 3 Months Ago

      The tire did not explode, the wheel itself ruptured - (and note this is not called a rim; the rim is the outer edge of a wheel where the tire bead mounts)

      • 4 Years Ago
      What a ridiculous and mis-titled article. First this has absolutely no bearing for AUTOblog. I'd like to see anyone make a modern one piece car rim with a modern radial (multi-ply) car tire explode in that fashion. Second, the tire didn't "explode" the rim was rigged to split. What is the point of this video? To make readers scared of checking and putting air on their tires, therefor driving with the wrong pressure, therefore getting into accidents and possibly being injured? Ridiculous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First off, split-rim type wheel assemblies are very common in the tire business. Widowmakers are one type of split rim, which should be taken out of service as soon as possible. Second, your 4.80/4.00-8 wheelbarrow tire can seriously mess up your hand if you're no careful. The average passenger car tire (a 205/60R15) has enough energy in it to force it 16 feet into the air or higher if it explodes. Imagine what that can do to your head if it's in it's trajectory when it explodes. While I agree that the wheels in the video may have been rigged to blow, no one should underestimate the fact that a tire has the ability to seriously harm, injure, maim or kill you. Yes, even a little 155/80R13 has that ability. I know of a tire shop in Ontario, Canada, that no longer has an owner because the owner didn't use the proper restraining device on a tractor tire while inflating it. The tire had approximately 40 psi in it at the time it exploded and took his head clean off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like some old style split rim (now illegal) they have rigged to remotely separate. Hence the extra wires/hoses leading to the tire. An exploding tire is still potentially dangerous but not nearly as bad as the unlikely scenario shown in the video.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is about as overly dramatic as is could be. Dramatic music, spitting rims (is it really that common?)... and what the hell is a phantom camera? Drama to sell nitrogen I'd say.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because you can't over-inflate with nitrogen...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Often poorly instructed mechanics will begin to loosen the bolts on a split rim while the tire is still inflated. That will cause the explosive separation of the rim also.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting video, but the font and music were a little over-dramatic
      • 4 Years Ago
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