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Posted on November 24, 2015

Michelin Wins Unanimous Defense Verdict in $20 Million Arizona Tread Separation Lawsuit

Ruling points to puncture, improper repair and chronic under inflation on Uniroyal tire from 2011 accident

GREENVILLE, S.C. Nov.23, 2015 – In a unanimous verdict handed down on Nov. 19, a jury in Lake Havasu City, (Mohave County) Ariz., found in favor of Michelin North America, Inc., on all claims relating to a product liability lawsuit filed by the plaintiff, Kimberly Allen.

The three-week trial was heard in Arizona State Court.

In the lawsuit against Michelin, Allen and her attorneys alleged that a defective Uniroyal tire -- manufactured by Michelin at its plant in Ardmore, Okla. -- was the reason for a single-vehicle rollover accident on Oct. 8, 2011, in Arizona. The plaintiff demanded $20 million in compensatory and punitive damages, claiming a faulty tire separated, caused the accident and resulted in severe injuries.

Michelin successfully showed that the tread separation on the Uniroyal Tiger Paw AWP preceded the accident and was caused by a number of factors, including an improperly repaired puncture days before the accident as well as chronic under inflation of the tire. The jury determined there was no proof of product liability, and Michelin was found faultless on all claims.

Michelin North America appreciates the jury's decision in this case, which also highlights the critical importance of proper inflation and safe tire maintenance. Michelin believes in the quality of its tires and the painstaking efforts the Company takes to ensure their safety. The Company will continue to vigorously defend its reputation and quality in cases that it knows are without merit.

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Tony Fouladpour

Michelin North America, Inc.

Office: 864 458 4335

Cell: 864 458 7459

Email: tony.fouladpour@us.michelin.com

About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  Since 1989, Michelin has received 80 J.D. Power tire customer satisfaction awards—five times the number of all other tire manufacturers combined. In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.




 

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