Tire Dealer Hit With $18M Verdict In Rollover Death Suit

Law360, New York (March 19, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT) -- A California state jury has awarded $18 million to the family of an 11-year-old who died in a Ford Motor Co. Explorer rollover caused by an old, recalled tire.

The jury in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday found that American Tire Depot was negligent for installing the 12-year-old Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. spare tire despite its recall status and Firestone inspection guidelines against using tires more than 10 years old.

In May 2006 Willie Moreno was sitting in the back seat of...
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