GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas – The Ammons Law Firm has filed a lawsuit against Cooper Tire Rubber Co. on behalf of three severely injured adults and a family whose four-month-old child was killed after a belt-to-belt tread separation on the left-rear wheel of the family’s vehicle. The tread separation caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, causing a rollover crash. The three adult passengers in the vehicle were severally injured, while the sole occupant child was killed.
In the lawsuit filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, the Ammons Law Firm alleges that the tire produced by Cooper at their plant in Tupelo, Mississippi, was manufactured with an improper bonding agent between the wire and skim of the tire. The lawsuit claims that the Cooper Telstar Radial tire had misaligned and improperly spliced steel belts, inadequate and incomplete component adhesion, an inadequate inner liner, and was made with aged components, which hindered proper bonding.
At the time of the accident, the tire was well within its useful life, with over half of its service mileage remaining and adequate tread depth. The Lawsuit alleges that the tire was used in a reasonable and foreseeable manner and should not have experienced a tread separation absent a defect in the tire.
A family is grieving the loss of a four-month-old baby while also attempting to recover from their individual injuries. The accident that caused the injuries would not have happened, the lawsuit alleges, if not for the defective tire manufactured and sold by Cooper Tire.
A tread separation accident occurs when the tire's tread and the top steel belt peel away from the body of the tire. Typically, tread separation leads to the inability to control a vehicle, causing a motor vehicle accident.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is an American tire manufacturer producing automobile and truck tires. Cooper Tire was founded in 1914 by John F. Schaefer and remained an international conglomerate until 2021, when it was acquired by Goodyear Tire. For the fiscal year 2020, Cooper Tire has annual revenues of $2.52 billion.
The Ammons Law Firm is a nationwide personal injury practice focused on product liability, tire defects, truck accidents, rollovers, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seatbelt defects, airbag defects and plant explosions.
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