Shaun Zinck Jun. 30, 2015, 2:22pm


TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - A tire manufacturer is being sued in federal court over allegations that it sold defective tires.

Ronald Horton filed the lawsuit on June 19 in United States District Court in Florida against Hoosier Racing Tire, claiming the tires suffer from “tread separation.”

The lawsuit said the tread separation causes the middle of the tire to develop a “wart like” growth, which results in “massive vibration and ultimately blow out failure.”

Horton said when the tire fails, it can cause serious damage to vehicles and requires the tires to be replaced at a cost of about $1,200 to $1,300 per set.

The lawsuit claims the tires are manufactured with the defect, and that Hoosier should have known the material design would cause the tires to fail. The suit further alleges the company attempted to conceal the fact that the components in the tire are defective, and didn't reveal the defect to consumers.

Horton is seeking class status for those who purchased the tires, and is also seeking more than $5 million in damages from Hoosiers.

He is represented by D. Michael Campbell of Campbell Law in Lakeland, Florida; Robert K. Shelquist, Elizabeth R. Odette and Craig S. Davis of Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. of Minneapolis; and Charles J. LaDuca of Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP in Washington, D.C.

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida-Tampa Division case number 8:15-cv-01453.

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