Mega Compensation in the United States
Couple killed in car accident – Ford to pay $1.7 billion
A couple died in a car accident in the United States. The roof gave way as the Ford overturned. But it should not have happened. a design flaw. The carmaker must now pay for it – and how.
Carmaker Ford is to pay $1.7 billion in compensation.
US carmaker Ford is to pay $1.7 billion (about CHF1.7 billion) in compensation after the accidental deaths of a couple. According to US media reports, a jury in the US state of Georgia made the decision on Friday. Ford announced its appeal in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday. The verdict was “not supported by evidence”.
Melvin and Vonsil H.* died in 2014 when their Ford pickup overturned due to a flat tire. The roof of the car was pushed inwards, crushing the occupants.
Two of the couple’s children sued Ford, alleging defects in the design. According to media reports, there have been dozens of similar accidents involving the Ford F-250 Super Duty model.
The roof was strengthened since 2017
During the three-week trial, the automaker’s lawyers cited several studies showing that the roof was strong enough to withstand the same impact as a crash. He did not persuade the jury with this. According to court documents, Ford manufactured about 5.2 million pickups of this type from 1999 to 2016. The roof was strengthened from 2017.
The $1.7 billion includes compensation for the plaintiff and a fine in excess of the damages actually caused to the defendant. On Thursday, the same jury had already ordered Ford and garage chain Pep Boys to pay $24 million in damages for the couple’s pickup truck with faulty tires. (AFP)