Defective motorcycle tire leads to personal injury

A Brownwood, Texas couple sued Goodyear Dunlop over a defective D250 Radial motorcycle tire they say led them to crash and sustain severe injuries.

Martin Stricker was driving his 2003 Honda GL 1800A Gold Wing with this wife, Loretta, on the back, along US 67 south of Abilene, Texas on August 8, 2008, when a rear tire “suddenly and without warning” deflated. The motorcycle went sideways, flipped and ejected both passengers.

Honda Motor Co. and Woods Fun Center of Austin, which sold the motorcycle and tires to the couple, were also named in the lawsuit. Woods replaced the used tires on the motorcycle with what they claimed were new tires, although the rear tire was six years old. The suit said a defective bead in this tire was to blame for the sudden deflation.

The Stricker lawsuit was filed in October 2009, in U.S. District Court in Travis County, TX, cause number D-1-GN-09-003303. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount.