A lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Ala. against Ford Motor Company and Continental Tire of North America.

In April 2004, Carolyne Thorne, a business owner in Montgomery, was driving her 2000 Ford Expedition North on I-85, when the left rear tire, which was in excellent condition, detread, causing Mr. Thorne to lose control of the vehicle. The Expedition began to roll over, crossing the median and going into the south-bound lanes of I-85.

As a result of the accident, Ms. Thorne sustained severe, life-threatening and permanent injures that have left her paralyzed, and as a result, has been rendered permanently and totally disabled.

In addition, the Ford Expedition’s rood, restraint system, and window’s were all defectively designed and manufactured, making the vehicle uncrashworthy.

“The 200 Expedition was unreasonably dangerous and defective by design,” said LaBarron Boone plaintiff’s attorney. “The vehicle has an unreasonably high center of gravity and narrow track width which in combination predispose the vehicle to instability and unreasonable risk of rollover. Additionally, the continental General Grabber tire that detreaded had been recalled,” said Plaintiff’s attorney, LaBarrone Boone.

Defendants named in the lawsuit are Ford Motor Company; Moody Tire Service, Inc.; Continental-General Tire of north ?America; Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.

Representing the plaintiff’s are Greg Allen and LaBarron Boone of the Montgomery Law firm, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C.

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