Posted on November 19, 2021

Michelin Wins Unanimous Defense Verdict in $66 Million Motorcycle Tire Lawsuit in South Carolina


GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 19, 2021 — A South Carolina jury has ruled unanimously in favor of Michelin North America, Inc., in a high-profile product liability case involving a 2017 motorcycle accident. The crash resulted in catastrophic injuries to both occupants, including the driver who sustained permanent paralysis. Plaintiffs alleged that the motorcycle tire was defectively manufactured.

In their closing arguments, counsel for Plaintiffs suggested the jury award them $66 million in damages.

In a statement, the Company said: “Michelin respects the work the jury did to reach its decision. While we sincerely regret this tragic accident and the devastating effects it has had on the Nash family, the evidence presented throughout the eight-day trial showed that the accident resulted from severe under-inflation and improper maintenance of the Michelin tire, not a manufacturing defect. Michelin will continue to vigorously defend the world-class quality of its products and the high-level work of its engineers in these types of cases.”

The case is Nash v. Michelin North America, 2019-CP-18-00080, in the Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial Circuit, Dorchester County, South Carolina.




For more information contact:

Megan Bagwell

Michelin North America

Email: megan.bagwell@michelin.com


About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (michelinman.com