Once in a great while a product is deemed so dangerous that it achieves almost legendary status. Examples are the Ford Pinto that frequently burst into flame when hit from behind and the Chevrolet Corvair that gave rise to the term 'unsafe at any speed.' The Goodyear G159 tire may be another such defective product. In a recent court case the tire company was ordered to pay $2.7 million in sanctions for willfully failing to disclose damaging evidence to plaintiff's counsel and thus directly sabotaging plaintiff's right to a fair trial. The case could have implications for people in Kentucky and in other parts of the country.
The G159 tire was developed for use on delivery trucks in stop-and-go city traffic. Goodyear also deemed the tire a good product for motor homes. It made this decision despite the results of its own testing that showed the tire could overheat at highway speeds and lose tread.
A family traveling in their motor home was involved in a serious crash when a tire on the motor home, a G159 that was original to the vehicle, lost its tread and causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle; the motor home then slid to the right, ran off the road and flipped onto its side. The driver had an injured leg that would require 17 surgeries; his wife had multiple broken bones and was airlifted, along with her husband, to an area hospital. Both still suffer from chronic pain. Goodyear failed to disclose the information regarding overheating dangers that were discovered as part of another case that had been settled in another state. Goodyear recently released information that shows the G159 tire has been linked to 10 deaths, possibly 88 injuries, and numerous property damage claims and warranty adjustments.
Anyone in Kentucky who may have experienced an injury due to a defective product should speak with an attorney experienced in product liability law. A knowledgeable attorney can review the facts and help to determine what legal options are available. Successfully litigated claims can help with medical costs, lost wages and other verifiable damages.