Doe, 37, and Smith, 19 , were passengers in a 1988 Ford Ranger pickup truck when the tread on the right rear Firestone Cornell tire separated. The truck left the road and rolled over. Both men were ejected and suffered fatal injuries. Both were manual laborers earning about $16,000 annually.
Doe is survived by a wife and five minor children, Smith is survived by his parents.
The men’s survivors sued the tire manufacturer , alleging the skim coat- the layer of rubber encasing the steel strands that make up the tire’s belts- had been improperly compounded or contaminated during the manufacturing process, degrading its adhesive quality and allowing the treads to separate. Plaintiffs also alleged the steel belt compounds may have been overaged- allowed to remain in inventory too long before use- so they were chemically unsuitable to be used in manufacturing the tire.
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Rob Ammons is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in addition to being Board Certified in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Rob Ammons’ law practice, The Ammons Law Firm, is located in Houston, Texas. The Ammons Law Firm practice is exclusively personal injury law, handling such cases as: tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, airbag defects, SUV rollovers and workplace negligence.