Maddox/Misak v. Talon, Flex n Gate, Et Al. (Arkansas)
Products liability action for the wrongful death of two vehicle occupants when a trailer hitch receiver assembly on a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban catastrophically failed at highway speeds while towing an Airstream Travel Trailer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had investigated the hitch receiver assemblies on 2002 Chevrolet pick-up trucks and SUVs for defective design and manufacturing. The hitch receiver assembly had defective and inadequate welds which failed under the weight of the Airstream Trailer and caused the Suburban to go out of control and collide with another vehicle.