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California Auto Defects Lawyers File Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Ford

Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) March 27, 2010

Ford Ranger Rollover Accident Claims Life

According to court records, Christopher Wilson was the passenger of a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck as it traveled westbound on State Route 68 in Mojave County, Arizona, on September 9, 2008. One of the truck's tires, a P235/75R15 Spector A/T, manufactured by American Pacific Industries, experienced a blow out that caused the truck to lose control and roll over one or more times before coming to rest. During the crash, Christopher was ejected from the vehicle and as a result suffered serious and traumatic brain injuries from the rollover/ejection accident sequence. After the crash, Christopher lived 14 months in a persistent vegetative state before succumbing to hypostatic bronchopneumonia on November 8, 2009.

"We allege the defendants willfully and knowingly put more importance on financial interests than they did on protecting consumers like Christopher from catastrophic injuries and death," said Brian Chase of the BISNAR CHASE Auto Products Liability Law Firm. "Not only did they refuse to fix the Ford Ranger's inherent defects, they failed to warn the public about those defects. We believe if the defendants had taken appropriate corrective measures, Christopher would be alive today."

Ford Ranger Tire Tread Separation, Insufficient Lateral and Roll Stability

The suit alleges that the tires equipped on the 1998 Ford Ranger pickup were defective in their manufacturing and design and that they were prone to premature, sudden and catastrophic tread separation that could lead to an unexpected loss of control of vehicles on which the tires were installed.

The suit further alleges that the Ford Ranger was defective due to insufficient lateral and roll stability and that it was prone to handling defects and unsafe stability due to its high center of gravity. According to the lawsuit, further exacerbating the Ford Ranger's unsafe stability issues was its propensity for oversteer, a factor that increases a vehicle's rollover likelihood, in addition to its propensity for "skate," or a loss of rear-end directional control which is a severe vehicle safety hazard.

Defendants Allegedly Knew About Ford Ranger Defects

According to the lawsuit, the defendants were aware of manufacturing defects in tires similar to the tires equipped on the Ford Ranger and had issued a recall and made modifications to a select number of similar tires, but decided not to recall or make modifications to all relevant tires. What's more, the suit alleges the defendants acted in further disregard for human safety by first conceding there were defects and then publicly disavowing any defects, continually exposing the public to unreasonable risk of injury or death.

Finally, the suit alleges Ford knew about the unsafe high center of gravity of its Ford Ranger, the truck's lack of sufficient lateral and roll stability, its propensity for oversteer and its propensity for "skate," yet the automaker did nothing to fix the defects or warn the general public about those defects.

The action seeks economic damages for wrongful death, medical costs and punitive damages on behalf of Darla Weaver, Christopher's mother who is the successor in interest of her deceased son.


The BISNAR CHASE Auto Defect Attorneys represent people throughout the country who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to motor vehicle defects. The law firm has won a variety of challenging auto defect cases against General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Chrysler and many of the foreign manufacturers. For more information, read the book "Still Unsafe At Any Speed: Auto Defects That Cause Wrongful Deaths and Catastrophic Injuries" by Brian Chase and see www.ProductDefectNewsandAdviceBlog.com

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