Moreno v. Ford, one of many pending cases involving defective Firestone tires on Ford Explorers, resulted in an $18M+ jury verdict for the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs alleged that a tire retailer, American Tire Depot, had negligently installed a 12 year-old defective spare tire on the plaintiff’s vehicle. American Tire Depot conceded that they do not check every tire for recalls, but said that they would not have rotated the spare into service, so someone else must have done it.
The jury awarded just over $5M, $3.5M, and $0.5M, to three family members injured in the crash, and $9M in wrongful death damages to the parents of an 11 year-old child killed in the crash.
The jury assigned 85% fault to American Tire Depot, 15% fault to Bridgestone/Firestone, and 0% to Ford and to the driver of the vehicle that overturned.