On behalf of a 36-year-old Texas man, The Ammons Law Firm has filed a lawsuit against Kumho Tire and Ford. The man was operating a 2001 F-250 when the vehicle’s right front tire experienced a tread separation failure, causing the vehicle to pull right. Despite efforts to steer the vehicle back to its original path of travel, the pickup left the roadway and struck a tree, seriously injuring the driver.
The tire that failed was a Road Venture AT tire designed and manufactured by Kumho. In the lawsuit, Rob Ammons claims the tire was defective. Specifically, it is alleged that the tire has an inner liner that is too thin and that a lack of belt edge gum strips and/or properly positioned full nylon intended to prevent or reduce the incidence of tread separation failures made the tire weak and unreasonably dangerous for its intended use.
Allegations against Ford involved the “hydroboost” system with which Ford equipped the F-250. Hydroboost can severely degrade the vehicle’s steering capability under certain circumstances, including those facing the driver of this F-250 whose tire failed. Hydroboost is designed to restrict the power assist to steering under moderate to heavy braking, sending most of the power to the brakes instead. The greatly diminished steering capability available to the driver in this case following the tire disablement resulted in his inability to avoid leaving the road as well as the pickup’s collision with the tree.
The Ammons Law Firm has a nationwide personal injury practice focusing on tire defects, truck accidents, rollovers, consumer protection and product liability, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, airbag defects, and plant explosions.