A Pennsylvania jury ruled in favor of a dump truck driver who was seriously injured in a rollover accident caused by a reported tire tread failure.
Kumho Tire was ordered to pay dump truck driver Milford Stevens $ 3.08 million in a unanimous verdict by an Allegheny County jury.
Stevens suffered serious injuries in a crash in September 2014 near Muddy Creek Township, according to a press release.
According to the lawsuit, Stevens was driving at highway speeds when the fully sand-laden 2007 Mack three-axle dump truck overturned onto the US 422. The accident occurred after the gang had split. Kumho Powerfleet 983 front left tire bearing.
Stevens suffered fractures to the vertebrae, head and face as well as neurological injuries.
Lawyers representing Stevens argued that the Kumho tire made in Korea was of faulty design and the tire belts did not include an adequate AO assembly, thus preventing the tire from premature failure due to oxidation issues.
“This truck was a time bomb because manufacturers like Kumho Tire USA are driven by profit rather than safety,” said attorney Wes Ball. “Bad designs cause bad problems. Companies like this should not be allowed to take advantage of our trading system with disregard for the safety of our citizens.