PITTSBURGH—An Allegheny County (Pa.) jury has returned a $3.08 million verdict against Kumho Tire USA Corp. for a truck driver who suffered severe injuries in a 2014 accident linked to an allegedly defective Kumho-brand truck tire.
The plaintiff, Milford Stevens, sued Good Tire Service Inc. of Altoona, Pa., after suffering serious neurological and physical injuries, including fractures to his vertebrae, head and face, in the September 2014 accident. Mr. Milford's attorneys claim the tire, a Kumho Powerfleet 983, experienced a sudden tread failure, causing his fully loaded dump truck to crash and roll over.
Good Tire, which sold the tire to Mr. Stevens' employer, reached an undisclosed out-of-court settlement separately and was dismissed from case, according to the plaintiff's attorneys. Kumho Tire was added to the suit as a co-defendant after the initial filing.
In a prepared statement, Kumho Tire USA said:
"We respectfully disagree with the jury's verdict in this trial. The product met all federal safety standards and there was no manufacturing defect found. Kumho Tire is currently considering our next course of action in regards to this case."