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Jury Finds Loose Lug Nuts and Near-Crash Caused Injuries

Santos v. Zrams $991,038 Verdict

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According to the plaintiffs' pretrial memorandum, on Dec. 14, 2011, Perseberanda Espinal Santos brought her 2002 Ford Explorer to an Aamco Transmission Center in Easton, Pa., that is owned by defendant Zrams Inc.

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  • Manny Raefsky

    Whenever a wheel is removed, it is imperative that the lug nuts be torqued to the proper minimum value as shown in the operators manual and the vehicle maintenance manual. Apparently this was not done. In these cases, as the vehicle travels, the lugs loosen and eventually the wheel comes off. Additionally the vehicle should be re-torqued after approximately 500 miles, during which time the wheel and lug nuts seat themselves. These nuts were so loose, the vehicle didn‘t even make it to 500 miles.

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