On behalf of the Estate and parents of a 19-year-old man, the Ammons Law Firm has filed a lawsuit against Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and General Motors LLC. The man was the belted driver of a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer when the vehicle’s left rear tire experienced a tread separation failure, causing the man to lose control. The Blazer rolled over and its driver sustained fatal injuries.
The tire that failed was a Trendsetter SE tire designed and manufactured by Cooper. In the lawsuit, Rob Ammons claims the tire was defective in both design and manufacture. Specifically, it is alleged that the manner in which the tire was built made it weak and unreasonably dangerous for its intended use. It is also claimed in the lawsuit that the tire’s design lacked belt edge gum strips and/or a full nylon cap ply, known safety features that serve to reduce the incidence of tread separation failures.
Allegations against GM, the manufacturer of the Blazer, focus on the inadequacy of the vehicle’s handling characteristics which make the vehicle more susceptible than it should be to loss of directional control and oversteer in the event of a rear tire disablement.
Also included in the lawsuit are the entities that sold the Blazer and that serviced the vehicle with the Trendsetter positioned on the rear axle shortly before the crash. The tire that failed was older and more worn than the tires on the front axle of the vehicle. Ammons claims these entities should have known that the best rubber should be positioned on the rear axle, yet neither of these entities rotated the tires nor provided information or warnings regarding the unsafe tire configuration on the Blazer.
The Ammons Law Firm handles cases nationwide, including those involving tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, seatback defects, airbag defects, SUV rollovers, and workplace negligence.