A jury in Arkansas has awarded a family over $7 million in a lawsuit against Ford Motor Company, including $2.5 million in punitive damages. Arkansas resident Johnny Washington was killed in August of 2000 when his 1994 Ford Explorer rolled over twice. He was partially ejected from the vehicle, even though he was wearing a seatbelt.
The lawsuit claimed that Ford knew the Explorer had defects that could kill drivers in a rollover crash but sold the vehicles anyway. The man’s family had been in litigation with Ford for ten years. The jury found the Explorer to be a “defective and unreasonably dangerous product.” The jury’s total award to the Washington family is $7,152,125. The trial took place in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Since 2004, juries have awarded Ford Motor accident victims $580 million dollars in damages. In all 13 cases, juries agreed Ford vehicles were defective and unreasonably dangerous at the time of an accident.
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