Tire Defect Cases

“Doe Family” v. Firestone and Ford: Confidential Settlement

Wrongful Deaths of 5 occupants, and severe orthopedic injuries to two survivors of a crash involving a Ford 15 passenger van that rolled over after a Firestone tire on the rear of the van experienced a tread separation. Extensive discovery revealed manufacturing and design defects in the Steeltex line of tires. In addition, the lawsuit claimed that the Ford 15 passenger vans have handling and stability defects that contribute to loss of control from a tread separation.

Malagon v. Continental Tire and Ford: Confidential Settlement

Mercedes Malagon and her daughter were killed, and her two young sons, Augustin Jr. and Jose were severely injured when a Continental General tire experienced a tread separation and caused her Ford F150 pickup truck to rollover. Although Continental had recalled the tire years earlier because of manufacturing defects, the tire was not collected in the recall.

Morazan v. Michelin Tire and General Motors: Confidential Settlement

A Chevrolet Blazer pickup truck rolled over after a tread separation of a Michelin tire. The crash resulted in the death of a 60 year old woman, leaving behind her husband and adult daughter.

Torres v. Cooper Tire: Confidential Settlement

A Cooper tire on a Ford Explorer experienced a tread separation, causing the driver to veer out of control, cross a center median and strike a vehicle on the opposite side of the 15 freeway, killing Wendy Torres, a wife and mother of two children.

Martinez v. Cooper Tire: Confidential Settlement

A Cooper tire on a Jeep Cherokee experienced a tread separation, leading to a rollover crash that killed Carmela and Joe Martinez, and injured their grand-daughter.

Sandoval v. Cooper Tire: Confidential Settlement

The Sandoval family was on a holiday trip in their Chevrolet truck when a Cooper tire experienced a tread separation causing a rollover crash. One of the Sandoval children died, and the other two suffered severe injuries but survived.

Castro v. Ford and Firestone

A mother driving her two young daughters to pre-school was killed when a Firestone tire on her Ford Explorer experienced a tread separation, causing her vehicle to swerve into another lane where it was broadsided by a truck.

Frankl v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Confidential Settlement

US Air Force captain traveling in Saudi Arabia in GMC Suburban. The truck’s Goodyear LRE tires unraveled, causing the vehicle to roll over two-and-one half times. Crash killed Frankl along with others in the SUV. Tires had a history of malfunctioning and causing high death tolls because they were fitted on high-occupancy vehicles like passenger vans and large SUVs.

Logan v. Ford and Firestone Confidential Settlement

Record settlement achieved on behalf of a family members who were in a Ford Explorer that was in a rollover accident after a Firestone tire suffered a tread separation. The tires were later recalled by Firestone. The Firm participated in groundbreaking depositions of Ford witnesses including former CEO Jacques Nasser and current CEO William Clay Ford, Jr.

De La Torre v. Cooper Tire Company Confidential Settlement

Tire tread separation rollover accident of a Ford truck that involved the death of several people.

Mathews v. Goodyear Confidential Settlement

Brian Mathews, a former LAPD bomb squad officer, was injured in a crash involving his GM Suburban after the failure of a Goodyear Load Range E tire. The tread on the Goodyear tire separated, causing a loss of control and rollover. Mathews was ejected from the vehicle and suffered a spinal cord injury and is now a paraplegic. Discovery on the case led to a defect investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into the Goodyear LRE tires and the company voluntarily recalled many LRE tires.

Doe Individuals v. Doe Corporation Settlement: $3 million

A tire tread separation case that caused a passenger van to roll over. The crash resulted in the death of two Philippine immigrants.