While traveling in Mexico in December 2007, one passenger in a 1997 Ford Explorer was killed and several were injured when the vehicle in which they were riding left the road and rolled over. It appears that the accident was caused by the tread on the vehicle’s left rear tire suddenly and unexpectedly separating from the tire body. Suit was filed against Cooper Tire and Rubber Company on April 13, 2009 in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas.
The tire that detreaded, a Cooper Discoverer H/T, was manufactured in Texarkana, Arkansas, in 2004. It’s alleged in the lawsuit that Cooper Tire knew the tire presented an unreasonably dangerous condition and that it had a number of defects. The Plaintiffs state that the tire did not contain measures to prevent tread separation. Specifically, the tire design failed to incorporate a “belt wedge,” nylon cap ply, or nylon edge strips. It also failed to employ a high-halobutyl content inner liner. Further, the Plaintiffs said that the tire did not incorporate an effective chemical to prevent premature aging of the tire materials and that the tire was poorly bonded allowing premature failure and tread separation. The Plaintiffs are seeking both compensatory and punitive damages in the case.
Source: Associated Press
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