A jury in Nevada returned a $3.3 million verdict against air bag control maker TRW Automotive US LLC last month. Nicole Thompson, who was 19 years old in 2007 was the plaintiff in this case. She suffered a massive stroke following an accident in 2007 in which her air bags didn’t deploy. TRW knew there were deployment problems with the air bags in some of its cars, including the model installed in her 1998 Dodge Neon. The jury ruled in favor of the Ms. Thompson, who was partially paralyzed and lost a college scholarship because of her injuries. She has had a most difficult time.
Ms. Thompson was driving about 27 miles an hour when the crash occurred. The seatbelt that was supposed to hold her, instead spooled out, allowing her body to be thrown forward on impact. The air bag never deployed. TRW manufactured the air bag electronic control module that was installed by Dodge into the car.
Ms. Thompson is represented by Edward J. Achrem of Edward J. Achrem & Associates and Clay Robbins III of Magana Cathcart & McCarthy, a Los Angeles firm. They did a very good job for their client in this case, which was tried in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.
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