SAN DIEGO, Texas (May 3)—The Duval County Circuit Court in San Diego has ordered Goodyear to pay $36.9 million to the family of a Hebbronville, Texas man who died in a rollover accident last year. Paul Rios Jr. was driving his truck when a tire, a Kelly Safari AWR newly purchased from a local Quick Lube, allegedly came apart and caused him to lose control of the vehicle. Rios´ family claimed Goodyear knowingly marketed a defective tire, but Goodyear said the tire was nine years old and had four visible puncture repairs, the last of which was done improperly. "This tire should never have been returned to service, and anyone in the tire business would not have put this tire on that vehicle," the tire maker said in a prepared statement. A Goodyear spokesman said the company will appeal.
Goodyear ordered to pay $36.9 million in Texas lawsuit
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