Vehicle Defect Case Examples

Roof Crush

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2006 F350 pickup truck

v. Ford Motor Company

Superior Court of California, Sacramento County
Roof crush during a rollover into the occupant survival space paralyzing driver.

Injury and Result:

Quadriplegia.  Confidential settlement.

1988 Chevrolet Pickup

v. General Motors Corp.
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno, CA.
Roof crush during a rollover into the occupant survival space paralyzing driver.

Injury and Result:
Quadriplegia. $8.5 million jury verdict.

1989 Dodge Spirit

v. Chrysler Corp.
Circuit Court for the State of Wisconsin, Dane Co.
Belted driver steered to avoid a head-on collision. Roof welds separated at the side rail, between the A and B-pillars on the driver’s side, and the windshield header failed. Vehicle rolled 2 times. The “V” formed by the roof crush struck the driver on the head.

Injury and Result:
Brain injury. Jury trial; $5 million settlement.

2001 Chevrolet Blazer

v. General Motors and Braeger Chevrolet
Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Circuit Court, Milwaukee, WI
2001 Chevrolet Blazer skidded on black ice and rolled over. Roof crush over driver.

Injury and Result:
Quadriplegia. Confidential settlement.

2000 Silverado 1500 Pickup Truck

v. General Motors and Braeger Chevrolet
Dane County Circuit Court, Madison, WI
Seatbelted rear seat passenger received severe brain trauma when vehicle rolled over and the roof crushed over his occupant space.

Injury and Result:
Severe brain trauma. Confidential settlement.

v. Toyota Motor Company
Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
Rollover/roof crush on highway. Seatbelted front passenger rendered a quadriplegic when roof crushed over passenger. Vehicle rolled 2 1/2 times.

Injury and Result:
Quadriplegia. Confidential settlement.

1996 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck

v. DaimlerChrysler Corp.
District Court, Bexar County, TX
Seatbelted driver of a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck rendered a quadriplegic when roof crushed in during a rollover.

Injury and Result:
Quadriplegia. Confidential settlement.

1998 Mercury Tracer

v. Ford Motor Company
Court of Common Pleas, Montour County, PA
Right front seatbelted passenger was rendered a quadriplegic when roof crushed in during a rollover of a 1998 Mercury Tracer.

Injury and Result:
Quadriplegia. Confidental settlement.

2000 Pontiac Montana

v. General Motors Corp.
Circuit Court of Wisconsin, St. Croix County
Seatbelted driver killed in a rollover/roof crush of 2000 Pontiac Montana minivan which was hit in right rear by another vehicle.

Injury and Result:
Fatality. Confidential settlement.

1985 Dodge Daytona

v. Chrysler Corp.
Circuit Court for the State of Wisconsin, Trempealeau Co.
Driver lost control while rounding a curve causing vehicle to roll. Hatchback portion of vehicle crushed directly over belted back seat passenger.

Injury and Result:
Paraplegia. Confidental settlement.

1991 Ford Aerostar

v. Ford Motor Company
Superior Court of the State of California for the Co. of Monterey
Belted driver lost control of vehicle while rounding a mild curve on a divided highway, causing vehicle to roll over.

Injury and Result:
Quadriplegia. Confidental settlement.

v. General Motors Corp.
Fourth Judicial Dist. Court for Utah Co., Utah.
Belted driver fell asleep causing vehicle to roll 1 to 3 times. Roof crushed over the driver’s compartment.

Injury and Result:
Quadriplegia. Confidential settlement.

1992 Infiniti G20

v. Nissan
Circuit Court of White Co., Arkansas
Belted driver steered to avoid head-on collision causing vehicle to ramp up a guy wire and roll 1.5 to 2.5 times. The windshield header failed, and the roof crushed 19 inches over the driver.

Injury and Result:
Quadriplegia. Confidental settlement.

1991 Plymouth Laser

v. Chrysler Corp.
State of Wisconsin Circuit Court, Milwaukee Co.
Driver only wearing automatic shoulder harness lost control of vehicle attempting an “S” curve. Vehicle rolled 1.5 times. Roof crushed 12 inches over the driver.

Injury and Result:
Quadriplegia. Confidential settlement.

1988 Isuzu Trooper

v. Isuzu
Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles.
Belted driver lost control of vehicle on a flat highway. Vehicle rolled 3 1/2 times. Roof crushed down on driver.

Injury and Result:
Fatality. Confidential settlement.

1996 Ford Escort

v. Ford Motor Company
Wayne County Superior Court, IN.
Seatbelted front seat passenger in a 1996 Ford Escort LX. The vehicle rolled over 1 1/2 times. The roof crushed in 10-12 inches. Roof crush over the passenger.

Injury and Result:
Quadriplegia. Confidential settlement.

1979 Oldsmobile Toronado

v. General Motors Corp.
USDC for the Western Dist. of Wisconsin
Belted driver lost vehicle control to avoid deer on the road. Vehicle rolled 1.5 to 2.5 times.

Injury and Result:
Paraplegia. Confidential settlement.

Airbag Defect

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

v. Chrysler

Belted driver had significant impact with a tree and driver’s airbag failed to deploy.

Injury and Result:

Mild traumatic brain injury.  Confidential settlement.

 

2002 Mercury Sable

v. Ford Motor Company
Price County Circuit Court, Phillips, WI
Significant head on collision and driver’s airbag failed to deploy.

Injury and Result:
Brain injury and vision impairment. Confidential settlement.

1995 Nissan Altima

v. Nissan Motor Corp.
Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Milwaukee, WI
In a low speed minor collision, the front seat passenger side airbag deployed with excessive force causing permanent eye damage.

Injury and Result:
Blindness. Confidential settlement.

Seatbelt Defect

1982 Toyota Celica

v. Toyota Motors Corp.
Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
Right rear lap only belted occupant suffered abdominal and spine fractures in a frontal impact when he jackknifed over the lap only seatbelt.

Injury and Result:
Abdominal and spine injuries. Confidential settlement.

1988 Lincoln LSC

v. Ford Motor Company
Superior Court of New Jersey, Gloucester County
Outbound rear passengers wearing lap belt sustained abdominal and spinal injuries when they jackknifed over lap belt in frontal collision. Seatbelt defect.

Injury and Result:
Abdominal and spine injuries. Confidential settlement.

1989 Chrysler Minivan

v. DaimlerChrysler Corp.
Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
One-quarter roll to the driver’s side. Seatbelted driver partially ejected out of the vehicle. Received head injury. Seatbelt defect and lack of side window glazing allowed driver to become partially ejected.

Injury and Result:
Head injury. Confidential settlement.

1991 Geo Prizm

v. General Motors Corp.
Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
Seatbelted passenger rendered a paraplegic in frontal impact. Seatbelt defect caused aortic tear resulting in paraplegia.

Injury and Result:
Paraplegia. Confidential settlement.

1988 Toyota Corolla

v. Toyota Motor Corp.
Circuit Court of Wisconsin, Rock County
Right rear seat passenger wearing lap only belt sustained abdominal and spine fracture in frontal impact when she jackknifed over the lap belt.

Injury and Result:
Severe abdominal injuries. Confidential settlement.

1993 Ford Thunderbird

v. Ford Motor Company
Superior Court of California, King County
Driver of 1993 Ford Thunderbird rendered a quadriplegic due to defective seatbelt in frontal collision.

Injury and Result:
Quadriplegia. Confidential settlement.

1991 Ford Escort

v. Ford Motor Company
Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
Middle rear seat passenger wearing lap only belt sustained severe abdominal injuries when she jackknifed over the lap belt.

Injury and Result:
Severe abdominal injuries resulted in loss of small intestines. Confidential settlement.

Luggage Retention Defect

1995 Ford Aspire

v. Ford Motor Company
Wisconsin Circuit Court, St. Croix County
Five-year-old-boy, right rear belted passenger rendered a paraplegic when in a frontal collision 40 pounds of luggage in the rear of the hatchback came forward and broke the seat back.

Injury and Result:
Paraplegia. Confidential settlement.

Park to Reverse Defect

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2002 Kia Spectra

v. Kia

Wisconsin Circuit Court, Milwaukee County
Plaintiff driver put car into false park, got out of vehicle to assist passenger when car went into reverse, running over plaintiff’s body.

Injury and Result:

Permanent leg and foot injuries.  Confidential settlement.

1988 Chrysler Fifth Avenue

v. Chrysler Corp.
Superior Court of California, County of Ventura
Driver of a 1988 Chrysler Fifth Avenue was run over by her own car when the vehicle went from park to reverse.

Injury and Result:
Fatality. Confidential settlement.

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

v. Chrysler Corp.
Driver of a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee sustained leg injuries when her vehicle ran over her after it went from park to reverse.

Injury and Result:
Leg injuries. Confidential settlement.

Seat Back Failure

1983 Chevy S-10

v. General Motors Corp.
Superior Court of California, County of Placer
1983 Chevy S-10. Driver was rearended by another vehicle and the driver’s seat back failed, causing the driver’s head to hit the back window of the pickup truck.

Injury and Result:
Quadriplegia. Confidential settlement.