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Ford settles Super Duty Roof bug for $1.7 billion

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During the summer, a Georgia The judge ordered the Ford Motor Company to pay the largest settlement in state history, $1.7 billion. The lawsuit is the culmination of nearly 20 years of litigation—onet the problem is safety Super Duty pickup truck roof. A report from The Wall Street Journal found that prior to the nearly $2 billion settlement, Ford had settled dozens of other cases involving roofs over the years and numerous deaths.all while arguing that its trucks are safe.

Related case Super Duty pickups manufactured from 1999 to 2016 allegations it’s in reinvestment accident roofs can be damaged and collapse, causing serious consequences trauma, including paralysis or kill passengers.

WSJ discovered that Blue Oval was sued 58 times over a 17 year period. Out of those 58 clothes, 38 people died in accident with Super Duty pickup truck. Others, WSJ The seriously injured included “those with paralysis or quadriplegia,” said the report. Ford settled 43 of those 58 lawsuits—but details unknown or secret. One of Ford’s attorneys said the company won only four of these lawsuits. While the numbers are clearly against the automaker, he argues that no conclusions should be drawn from them. “I don’t think it’s fair to draw any conclusions about the cause of the accident or the cause of the injury based on the allegations. “

Latest settle $1.7 billion happened after the 2014 death of an elderly couple, Melvin and Voncile Hill. An upper tire crack Their 2002 F-250 and make the truck roll over. The hills’ The lawyers argued that the roof was broken and crushed the couple. Ford discuss that the accident was the husband and wife’s fault and that the punctured tire was due to “improper load-carrying capacity”. although tThe family’s attorney said Ford tried to settle with them like many of them other cases related to the safety of the truck’s hood. But the couple’s son had heard of other incidents and want the case to go to trial.

Now Ford looking for a new test, quote that it was unable to defend itself properly due to being “punished” by the judge. Ford plans to argue that the hoods of its Super Duty trucks are as safe as the company designed them, though deaths, injuries and settlements say otherwise.


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