Oklahoma City, Okla.
— A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a contractor that claims he was fired after he installed a flat tire on his car.
The lawsuit, filed in November, accused David R. Hall of installing the tire and not properly inspecting the vehicle to make sure it was safe to drive.
A federal jury in October awarded Hall $6.5 million for the incident.
Hall, who did not immediately respond to a message left on his cell phone Wednesday, was hired by Oklahoma City-based C&P Automotive in March of 2014 to install a tire on a 2013 Honda Accord.
The tire was installed on a 2004 Mazda Miata and was installed as part of a replacement part, according to a federal lawsuit filed by Hall and his wife, Lisa Hall.
The court papers said the tire was damaged in the installation and repaired at the expense of the contractor.
After installing the tires, the lawsuit alleged, Hall “became concerned that the tire had failed to wear properly and did not install it properly.”
In a letter to the judge, Lisa and David Hall said their son, Daniel, had to go into the hospital with a broken arm because of the accident.
Daniel was born in November 2013 and has an extensive medical history of concussions, the court papers allege.
In March, the city of Oklahoma City hired a private company to replace the flat tire and to install new tires.
The city said the replacement tire was manufactured by a tire manufacturer that was not affiliated with C&L Automotive.
The new tires were installed in March and are now being tested, according the city.