The Associated Press reported that a Montgomery, Alabama jury awarded a paralyzed woman $4 million on Friday, April 20, 2007. Carolyn Thorne, was paralyzed as a result of the tires separating on her SUV after visiting a Wal-Mart Service Center. The tires had been recalled in 2002 by Continental Tire Company and she had taken her SUV to Wal-Mart to have the tires replaced. Wal-Mart failed to replace her spare tire which she was using during the crash that paralyzed her.
Ms. Thorne had her car serviced at Wal-mart on 9 separate occasions after the recall and was never told that the 5th tire was also defective.
The jury awarded her $2 million in punitive damages and $2 million in compensatory damages.
If you have been in an automobile accident due to tire tread separation, please contact a South Carolina tire recall lawyer at Louthian Law Firm for a free consultation.