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General Motors and Continental Tire Pay in Fatal Rollover

General Motors and Continental Tire Pay in Fatal Rollover

General Motors and Continental Tire Pay in Fatal Rollover

The Ammons Law Firm has successfully negotiated the settlement of a wrongful death and personal injury case against General Motors and Continental Tire The Americas. The case involved a rollover crash in which the driver, a 50 year old wife and mother of four, was killed. Her husband and one of her daughters, who were her passengers, were seriously injured.

The rollover occurred as the family was traveling on a Mexican highway in their 1996 Chevrolet Blazer. When one of the rear tires on the vehicle experienced a tread separation, the Blazer was caused to cross the traffic lanes and roll over. All three occupants were wearing their seat belts, but as the Blazer rolled, the roof crushed and the seat belts did not adequately restrain them.

The tire that failed and caused the accident was a General Ameritrac SUV tire built by Continental. The steel cords in the tire were not properly bonded to the rubber underneath, and the tire was not designed with a full nylon cap ply which is a feature known to prevent or greatly reduce the risk of tread separation failures. The Blazer that rolled over was designed and manufactured by General Motors with an exceptionally weak roof that could easily collapse under the loaded vehicle’s weight. It did just that in this crash, compromising the safety cell around the Blazer’s occupants and causing their injuries. General Motors knew how to build a strong roof but chose not incorporate such strengthening measures into the design of the Blazer. General Motors also knew that the seat belts in the Blazer lacked a number of features that would have helped keep the occupants in contact with their seats and limit their movement as the vehicle rolled. General Motors’ choice not to include pretensioners, web locks web grabbers or adjustable anchors into the Blazer’s seat belts contributed to causing injury to the occupants.

General Motors and Continental Tire insisted that the settlement amounts be kept confidential.

The Ammons Law Firm is located in Houston, Texas and practices personal injury law, including cases involving: tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, seatback defects, air bag defects, SUV rollovers and workplace negligence.