Jury returns verdict in tire case

September 11, 2009 4:52:44 AM PDT
A Rio Grande Valley jury has returned a verdict of nearly $12 million against a tire maker after determining that a defective tire caused a wreck that killed six people and left a 12-year-old boy paralyzed. The Willacy County panel found that a manufacturing flaw in the Goodrich tire made by South Carolina-based Michelin North America substantially contributed to the New Year's Eve 2006 crash outside Matamoros, Mexico, the McAllen Monitor reported.

A tire on a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup truck separated from its tread, causing the vehicle to swerve into oncoming traffic, according to court documents. The truck collided with a Chevrolet Suburban, killing all six passengers inside the SUV.

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