A Virginia jury awarded $20 million last month to a woman in a lawsuit she had filed against Mazda Motor Corp. The convertible sports car driven by plaintiff, Shannon Walters, crashed and left her paralyzed. The incident occurred in June 2006 in Bedford County, Va. Ms. Walters swerved to avoid a plastic swimming pool that slid out of the bed of a pickup truck. Her Mazda Miata overturned onto its roof. It was contended in the lawsuit that the Miata had a defective design – that a latch system supposed to hold the windshield to the convertible canvas top failed when the car overturned. Even though the windshield collapsed on Ms. Walters, Mazda claimed the design wasn’t defective. Mazda will likely appeal.
Source: The Roanoke Times
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