The Tragedy of Goodyear’s Allegedly Defective G159 Tire Keeps Getting Worse

In July 1999, Jim Wright and his wife Joyce were traveling along a New Mexico roadway in their 1995 Fleetwood American Eagle RV when, suddenly, the vehicle’s left-front tire failed. The tire was a Goodyear G159, a tire now linked to numerous fatal crashes but has never been recalled and has never faced a serious…

Shareholder Sues Goodyear CEO Over 'Cover-Up' of Allegedly Defective RV Tire Linked to 10 Deaths

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s CEO and board of directors “took active steps to conceal and avoid disclosure” of their involvement in an alleged cover-up of problems linked to the G159 tire, a company shareholder alleges in a new lawsuit. The Goodyear tire is linked to at least 10 deaths and has exposed the company…

How I Collected The Data For Our Latest Story On Credit Acceptance

Hi, I’m Ishaan Jhaveri. I’m a data journalist who works with Gizmodo Media Group’s Special Projects Desk. I worked with Ryan Felton on the latest story about subprime lender Credit Acceptance, and the effect its collections cases have had on the people of Detroit. In case you’re a fellow data nerd, here’s how I did it.

How a Subprime Auto Lender Consumed Detroit With Debt and Turned Its Courthouse Into a Collections Agency

When Don Foss started his career as a car salesman, he recognized early on that most of his prospective customers had shaky credit, leaving them with few options for financing to buy a vehicle. So in 1972, he started subprime auto lending company Credit Acceptance Corporation to fill that void. He knew lending money…

Why Didn't Goodyear Recall An RV Tire That's Linked To At Least 98 Deaths And Injuries? 

In June 2002, facing numerous complaints about a tire that had been installed on thousands of motorhomes, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. put out a service bulletin with one RV manufacturer to replace the tires for certain owners, free of charge. By then, Goodyear had received at least 20 injury and death claims over…

How One Recalled SUV Destroyed $45 Million In Cars, Burned A Massive Ship, And Sparked A Legal Battle Between Ford And BMW

Mary didn’t know anything was wrong with her old Ford SUV when it was loaded onto a container ship in Europe in mid-2015. But she found out the hard way when it caught fire below deck, taking $45 million worth of other cars with it, causing another $55 million in damage to the vessel and its cargo, and sparking a…

Goodyear Motorcycle Tire Under Scrutiny As Well After Fatal Crashes And No Recall: Report

As it faces an ongoing federal probe into an allegedly defective RV tire that’s linked to at least nine deaths, Goodyear is now facing scrutiny over a motorcycle tire that experts say should be recalled, due to a number of fatal crashes, according to a report from Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Why People In This Michigan Suburb Say General Motors Polluted Their Water Supply

MILFORD, Mich.—On the surface, Diane O’Nions lives in luxury. The suburban Detroit subdivision she has called home since 2005, The Oaks at Beach Lake, showcases beautifully crafted homes that sit on sprawling plots of land with sloping lawns and intricate landscaping. And bottled water. A lot of bottled water. Cases…

The Devastating Loophole That Sticks Car Buyers With Interest Rates That Would Be Otherwise Illegal

On June 19, 2015, Bronx resident Carlos Guerrero-Roa went to an auto dealer in Brooklyn to purchase a 2005 Lexus RX that was being advertised online for $6,900. Guerrero-Roa left with the car that day, only after it was financed with a loan that, according to a lawsuit he later filed, carried an interest rate “well…

Two Years On, A Father Is Still Fighting Tesla Over Autopilot And His Son's Fatal Crash 

In early 2016, 48-year-old Gao Jubin had high hopes for the future, with plans to ease up on running a logistics company and eventually turn over control of the business to his son, Gao Yaning. But his plans were abruptly altered when Yaning died at the wheel of a Tesla Model S that crashed on a highway in China while…

How Goodyear Destroyed The Alleged Smoking Gun On 'The Worst Tire Made In History'

For nearly two decades, RV owners have been trying to get a clear answer about a tire made by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that they say has wrecked countless lives—at least nine deaths, dozens of injuries and serious crashes. In numerous legal battles, Goodyear has been accused of aggressively covering up a defect with…

How Goodyear Hid Evidence Of 'The Worst Tire Made In History' Linked To At Least 9 Deaths

In October 2003, Billy Wayne Woods and his family packed into a luxury $181,000 motorhome for a fun getaway to Florida. Call it a textbook American vacation: their destination was Disney World, and with his wife, Shirley, his son and daughter-in law and two grandchildren in tow, the trip would surely be one to…

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