Lawyer Sues Goodyear and its Legal Defense Team

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In what my be an unprecedented lawsuit, Scottsdale auto products liability lawyer David L. Kurtz filed a lawsuit against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, its counsel, Graeme Hancock and his firm Fennemore Craig and other members of the company’s legal defense team. According to a report on Safetyresearch.net, the lawsuit, filed in Arizona State Superior Court, seeks punitive damages for “five years of delay and deception in a product liability action” involving Goodyear’s G159 tire. This was a tire developed for the urban delivery vehicle market, but sold to the recreational vehicle market, although the tires were not suited for that use at all.

In June 2003, the members of the Haeger family were traveling in their Spartan Gulf Stream Coach on Interstate 25 in New Mexico when the RV’s right front tire failed. The vehicle rolled over seriously injuring four of its occupants. Kurtz represented the Haeger family in their lawsuit against Goodyear, which alleged that the G159 was defective and prone to tread separations caused by prolonged heat buildup during highway use. Goodyear’s high-powered legal defense team stonewalled Kurtz, who had asked them for a variety of critical information including road tests, wheel tests, high speed testing and durability tests. Five years later, having been told by Goodyear that most of this data was unavailable, Kurtz settled the case. More

Young Football Player Killed in Accident Caused by Tire Tread Separation

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Even Perez, 10, was killed in a car accident in California after the vehicle in which he was a passenger went out of control and crashed, the morning of September 15, 2012. According to a news account in The Hanford Sentinel, the fatal SUV rollover crash occurred on the 5 Freeway south of Derrick Avenue near Coalinga. California Highway Patrol officials say that 2001 Mitsubishi SUV was traveling at about 70 mph when the tread on the left rear tire separated.

The SUV overturned into the center median and three out of the six passengers, including Even, were ejected. Even died at the scene. His mother, Alma Lopez-Diaz, 37, and four other passengers were transported to a Fresno hospital. They were identified as Even’s three siblings and one other child – 13-year-old Eddie Lopez, Christian Cervantes, 9, Alex Alukya and Rosemary Perez, both 12.

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Hercules Truck Tires Recalled for Potential Tread Separation Issues

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Hercules Tire & Rubber Company has issued a product defect recall for certain H502 radial medium tubeless truck tires due to the potential for tire tread separation. According to a news report in The Modern Tire Dealer, the affected tires, about 1,222 in all, may have been produced with insufficient tire liner thickness due to an improperly working machine. This may cause U-cracks in the tires, which could in turn result in tire tread separations, increasing the risk of a crash. Hercules has stated that the defective tires will be replaced free of charge and has begun notifying owners. Owners may also contact Hercules at 800-677-3573 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s web site at www.safercar.gov.

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Orange County Woman Killed in SUV Rollover Accident

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Blanca P. Estela, 39, of Santa Ana, was fatally injured in an SUV rollover accident after officials say a tire blew out and the vehicle rolled over. According to an Associated Press news article, the rollover crash occurred a little after noon on June 20, 2012 on the northbound Interstate 15 near Sloan, Nevada. State troopers say a rear tire on the 2006 Dodge SUV failed before the vehicle swerved and rolled over on the freeway shoulder. Estela was pronounced dead at the scene. A 9-year-old girl, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was airlifted with critical injuries while four others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family members and many friends of Blanca Estela, who are mourning her terrible loss. My heart also goes out to the young girl who has been critically injured as well as the four victims who have suffered injuries in this crash. I wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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Cooper Recalls SUV Tires for Tread Separation Issues

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has issued a defective product recall for 10,236 radial SUV and light truck tires sold under its own and three customer names for possible tread separation issues. According to a news report in Tire Business, the recalled tires may have been manufactured with contaminated rubber in the tread compounds, which could result in tread separation. In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Cooper officials said that they received reports from several dealers regarding the tires developing “early life tread separations when placed in service.”

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Woman Killed in Orange County Ford Bronco Rollover Accident

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Yoeen Sauseda, 22, was fatally injured in a Santa Ana car accident when the Ford Bronco in which she was a passenger overturned on the freeway, the morning of June 3, 2012. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the rollover crash occurred on the southbound 55 near Dyer Road in Santa Ana. Officials say the driver of the Bronco, Erasmo Molina, 69, swerved to the right causing his Bronco to roll over. Sauseda was ejected from the vehicle and was fatally injured. Molina, Armando Angeles, 27, and Vanesa Sauseda, 18, suffered serious injuries but survived the crash. Officials state tire tread separation may have caused Molina to lose control of the Bronco.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Yoeen Sauseda following this tragic rollover accidents. My thoughts and prayers are also with the others who were seriously injured here. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Ford Explorer Rollover in Orange County Seriously Injures Teenager

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A teenager was severely injured in a Lake Forest car accident after the Ford Explorer she was driving blew a tire and rolled over, the afternoon of May 3, 2012. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the girl, believed to be 16 or 17, was driving west on El Toro Road near Destry, when the SUV’s right front tire blew out. The driver lost control, drove over a curb and hit a tree. Then, the Explorer turned on its side and slid striking another tree, before flipping onto its roof. The girl had to be extricated from the wreckage and transported to an area hospital. Both her legs were broken and she was scheduled to undergo surgery.

My thoughts and prayers are with the young victim of this rollover accident. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

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Bus Tires Recalled for Defective Casings

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Michelin North America has issued a defective product recall on thousands of their medium truck tires because of issues with their casings. According to a news report in Tire Review, the defective tire recall involves 77,775 tires and also extends to 37,000 retreated tires throughout the United States and Canada. Officials with The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) state that the tires have a casing that can experience rapid air loss. These potentially dangerous tires are primarily used on city transit buses putting thousands of riders across the country in danger. It is unclear if anyone has been injured as a result of these tire defects.

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Tires Recalled for Potential Deflation and Tread Separation Problems

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Multistrada Arah Sarana issued a defective product recall for more than 36,000 light truck tires because sidewall defects can cause them to lose air and increase the risk of a car accident. According to a CBS news report, the 16-inch tires were sold under the name of Achilles Desert Hawk and Radar Radial RLT-9. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that the Achilles tires can develop blisters on the side. The Radar tires have a defective sidewall design that could lead to tread separation. Both tires are at risk for deflating suddenly. The company says so far no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of these defects. The defective tires will be replaced at no charge to owners. Both tires have been redesigned to fix the problem. If you have questions or concerns about these product defects, please contact the company at (800) 944-8414.

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Children Killed, Parents Injured in Ford Explorer Rollover Crash

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Fifteen-year-old Sonya De Anda Martinez and 6-year-old Jesus De Anda Martinez, were killed in a San Bernardino car accident after the Ford Explorer SUV in which they were traveling blew a tire, went out of control and rolled over. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the parents, identified as 40-year-old David D. Chavez and Luz M. Chavarria, 35, of Las Vegas, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

California Highway Patrol officials say the 1998 Ford Explorer was traveling on the Interstate 15 near Baker, the morning of April 29, 2012, when the left rear tire deflated. Chavez, who was driving, veered rapidly to the right across traffic lanes and the right shoulder. The Explorer became airborne and rolled down a 25-foot dirt embankment. Two passengers were ejected.

I offer my deepest condolence to the family members of these two children, especially the grieving parents. Tragic! Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. I also wish the injured parents the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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