By Denna Bowman
A devastated husband whose wife was killed in a car crash has launched a controversial lawsuit which focuses on the age of the tyres fitted to her vehicle.
Lawyers acting for the family of mother-of-three Jessica Michel allege the crash happened due to the age of one of the tyres which blew out on her Lexus SUV.
Her husband Don Michel launched the lawsuit which names Goodyear tyres, a Tampa auto repair shop that installed the tyre and Toyota, which made the vehicle, according to the Fox News website.
The legal team who are bringing the case in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, allege that the tyre was six years old when it was installed, even though it was sold as a new tyre.
Lawyers say a tyre of that age may look new, but degrades over time and the Florida heat makes it happen faster, weakening the tyre.
Leslie Kroeger, one of the lawyers appointed by Don Michel, the victim’s husband, said: “They should’ve made the owner of the vehicle, the purchaser of the tire aware of what he was putting on his vehicle, and what the risks were, that as a tire ages it degrades.”
The case is expected to cause controversy, because it comes at a time when several states are introducing new laws that require retailers to inform customers of the date a tyre was manufactured and the risks associated with aging tyres.
The state of Florida does not have such a law.