ALICE, Texas (Dec. 7, 2001)—A Texas jury has cleared Michelin Tire Corp. of negligence in a personal injury lawsuit involving a Uniroyal Laredo tire, while its insurance carrier reached a settlement with the plaintiffs.
The Jim Wells County jury ruled in Michelin's favor at the end of a Nov. 26-30 trial over a suit brought against the company by the family of a Noe Benavides, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent who died in an April 1999 rollover accident involving a nine-year-old Laredo tire that separated.
Attorneys for the survivors of Mr. Benavides sought $80 million in damages, claiming the tire separated because of defects in the design, materials and manufacturing process.
Michelin claimed the tire failed because of its age, poor condition and underinflated state.
Michelin's insurance carrier, American International Group Inc., agreed to a confidential settlement with the Benavides family.