A defective tire that fails while a vehicle is in motion can result in a serious accident and potentially catastrophic injuries.
The recent case of Book v. Voma Tire Corp. involves an allegedly defective tire that resulted in serious injury. However, the case differs a bit in that the vehicle wasn't in motion at the time of injury. Rather, it reportedly blew up on a teenager who was attempting to inflate it.
The issue before the Iowa Supreme Court in this case was whether a large, multi-national defendant had the right to have the case dismissed in state district court for lack of personal jurisdiction. That is, the defendant didn't operate in the state of Iowa. It's a Chinese company. Thus, it argued the district court didn't have the right to hear the case.
However, the Iowa Supreme Court disagreed, allowing this defective tire product liability claim to move forward in state court.
According to court records, the victim was 17 at the time of the incident, son of an owner/operator of an auto repair shop. He worked part-time for his father through an apprentice program at his high school.
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