Steve Wahlberg has brought claims on behalf of passengers seriously injured
when a Ford Econoline van rolled over. Trial is scheduled for 2014.
Mr. Wahlberg has investigated and litigated many claims involving passenger
vans and has proven that 15 passenger vans have a higher center of gravity.
These vans, when fully loaded, become unstable—if a tire should
experience a tread separation, the vehicle becomes extremely dangerous
and subject to a rollover.
The 15 passenger van was a modified design of a vehicle meant to carry
cargo. When Ford converted the van for occupants—the rollover rate
increased significantly due to the higher center of gravity and extension
over the rear tires.
Mr. Wahlberg has also filed suit against Cooper Tire alleging a tire defect
resulting in a tread separation. There was a recall of millions of Bridgestone
and Firestone tires in 2001 to 2003, but some defective tires remain on
the road. Some of the manufacturing problems include the improper curing
of tires—which cause cracking that leads to tread separation. If
the connection between the belt and the rest of the tire is weak—there
can be a propensity for the tread to separate.