Video of the Week: When Tires Attack

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

It all started with a video I saw over the weekend in which a Kia Soul gets launched into outer space (not literally, don't @ me) by a surprise attack from a tire that decided it was ready to roam free.

That video lead to this Twitter thread in which wayward tires mowed down unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians. The thread would be funny if it wasn't so freaking scary.

Go ahead, waste a few minutes of your bosses' time. Enjoy. And be scared. You, too, could be flattened by flying rubber at any time.

Beware and be safe out there.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Mar 29, 2023

    Years ago, I was driving southbound along North Central Expressway (south of Mockingbird Lane, for locals), and watched a tire and wheel fall out of the bed of a pickup (no tailgate), bounce along, then centerpunch the front end of a Honda Accord. It wasn't pretty.

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Mar 29, 2023

    A friend once struck a mounted tire that was laying flat in the middle of her lane on the PA Turnpike. She was in a low late-90s Grand Prix, and the impact destroyed the facia, core support, radiators, oil pan, transmission, subframe, and suspension. They fixed it all.

  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Mar 30, 2023

    My dad s buddy got a tire thru the windshield. DRT -dead right there.

  • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron on Mar 30, 2023

    I'm willing to bet most of these were improperly torqued. 🔧