BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Dec. 28)—Pirelli S.p.A. and its Pirelli Tire North America unit have joined the ranks of tire makers facing legal action due to an accidental death allegedly caused by a tread separation. A lawsuit filed on Dec. 21 in a state court in Kings County, N.Y., seeks $75 million in damages for the wife and two children of Neville Norville of Brooklyn. An auto service shop, C and F Auto Repair in Brooklyn, also was named as a defendant. The suit alleges that on July 23, 2000, the tread separated from a two-year-old Pirelli tire on Norville´s 1989 Volvo. He lost control of the car and crashed into a barrier wall on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. The injuries left Norville quadriplegic. He died in early October, about 10 weeks after the accident. A Pirelli Tire North America spokesman said the company could not comment on the lawsuit because it hadn´t received it yet.