Cooper Tire and Mazda Pay After Fatal Crash

The Ammons Law Firm has successfully concluded a lawsuit filed against Cooper Tire and Mazda and securing monetary compensation for the surviving sons of a 49-year-old killed in a Florida car crash. The man was the belted driver of a Mazda B2300 when the pickup’s right rear tire experienced a tread separation failure. The tire disablement sent the pickup off the roadway and into the median where its driver’s side struck a tree with deadly force. Responding Troopers photographed the crashed pickup and the detached tread from the tire that came apart.

The tire that failed was a Definity EX600 designed and assembled by Cooper Tire. In the lawsuit, Rob Ammons claimed that the manner in which the tire was built made it weak, non-durable and unreasonably dangerous for its intended use. The tire lacked belt edge gum strips and/or a full nylon cap ply, critical safety features that Cooper knew were effective in reducing the incidence of tread separation failures but chose not to include in the tire’s design.

The lawsuit also alleged that Mazda, the manufacturer of the B2300, designed the pickup with dangerous handling characteristics that made it extremely difficult to steer to safety in the event of a rear tire disablement. No warnings of this defective condition accompanied the pickup when it was sold.

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.