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Defective Product Attorney Rob Ammons Files Suit Against Michelin, and Ford After Fatal Tread Separation Rollover

Rob Ammons has filed suit on behalf of the husband and children of a 53-year-old Texas woman who lost her life when the family’s 2004 Explorer Sport Trac rolled over following the disablement of a rear tire.

In the lawsuit, Rob Ammons claims the tread of a Michelin-manufactured BF Goodrich Radial Long Trail T/A peeled away from the carcass because the tire was defectively designed, manufactured and marketed. According to the lawsuit, the tire was made with rubber compounds that did not contain anti-degradant chemicals in an amount sufficient to prevent premature breakdown of the tire’s internal components. It is also alleged that the tire was designed without a safety feature proven to be effective in preventing such tread separation events and that Michelin marketed the tire without warning about the dangerous effects of tire aging.

Allegations made against Ford in the lawsuit involving the Explorer Sport Trac being designed in a way that makes it exceedingly difficult to handle following the failure of a rear tire. It is also claimed that the Sport Trac should have been equipped with a safety feature called electronic stability control (ESC) which automatically senses a loss of directional control and applies brakes on only one side or one corner to return a vehicle to the driver’s intended path.

Rob Ammons is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in addition to being Board Certified in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Rob Ammons’ law practice, The Ammons Law Firm, is located in Houston, Texas.

The Ammons Law Firm’s practice is exclusively personal injury law, handling such cases as tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, airbag defects, SUV rollovers, and workplace negligence.

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