The specific vehicle it was on was a 2001 Toyota 4 Runner. The tire was an OE (“original equipment”) tire supplied by Toyota, a Dunlop Grand Trek TG 35 P265/70R16.
On August 28, 2007, while plaintiffs were traveling South on Interstate 99 in Central California, at approximately 65 miles per hour, the tread on the right rear tire separated, causing the vehicle to go out of control and rollover, rendering Adona Dela Pena a quadriplegic. On January 17, 2008, the case, Adona Dela Pena, et al. v Toyota, Goodyear Dunlop, et al, case no BC383622, was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Central District.
The complaint alleges that both the tires and vehicle were defective in design and manufacture. The case was scheduled to go to trial on February 1, 2009.
Both Toyota and Goodyear entered into confidential settlements with the plaintiffs.