Texas Court Overturns Tire Suit - Tire Review Magazine

Texas Court Overturns Tire Suit

(Akron/Tire Review) The Texas Supreme Court reversed an $11 million judgment against Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., saying that three “expert witnesses” who testified against Cooper presented unreliable, inadmissible evidence.

The product liability case revolved around a minivan rollover accident that killed four of the seven adult passengers. The plaintiffs claimed that a tread separation on a three-year-old tire caused the accident; the tire had suffered a puncture that had not been repaired. Six of the passengers were not wearing seat belts.

The Texas jury sided with the plaintiffs, believing “expert” claims that wax contamination occurred in the tire, causing the separation.

But the Texas Supreme Court reversed the jury findings and a court of appeals ruling, saying that the plaintiffs’ three experts had no scientific support for their testimony and, therefore, had not proven any defect.

A Cooper spokesperson said the company was “very obviously pleased with the outcome.”

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