LaBarron Boone, a lawyer in our Products Liability/Personal Injury section, recently worked with ABC News on a series of stories dealing with tire safety. Three national news stories resulted from this effort, with a goal of educating the public about tire age and the flawed recall process for alerting retailers and consumers about defective tires. Tire safety issues were addressed on Good Morning America, ABC World News, and Nightline Investigates, which also featured an interview with LaBarron and excerpts from depositions taken in a case involving a tire recall.
ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross visited Montgomery to speak with LaBarron and his client, Carolyn Thorne, who LaBarron represented in a rollover crash case that left her paralyzed. While preparing her case, LaBarron found that retail giant WalMart had actually put a recalled tire on Ms. Thorne’s car. This resulted in her highway roll-over and her injuries.
As a result of the reports, the National Transportation Safety Board has launched a first-of-its-kind special investigation into the role of tires in hundreds of traffic accident deaths each year. You can watch the ABC Nightline report by visiting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ6SlxkL0Gg.
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