Defense Verdict for Ford Motor Company
May 12, 2006
Montgomery, Alabama (May 12, 2006) -- A twelve-person jury in Montgomery County, Alabama, rendered a verdict for Ford Motor Company today in a case involving a 1995 Mercury Tracer. The jury was asked by the plaintiffs to award $15 million in damages, and the jury deliberated for two hours before rendering a verdict for Ford. The lawsuit was brought by the parents of
In the accident,
Ms. Williams’ parents claimed that Amanda’s seat belt, an automatic shoulder belt with a manual lap belt, had an improper geometry, which caused her to submarine under her belt and suffer a “hangman’s fracture” of her upper neck. The parents alleged that this fracture was caused by
Ford produced evidence that the 1995 Tracer complied with all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and that its seat belt design, which promoted belt usage, has saved lives in the field. In fact, in testing conducted by the U.S. Government in 1995, the Tracer met government neck load requirements that were not imposed on manufacturers until 2003.