- Jury awards $ 152 million to Ford Explorer reversal survivor
by Justin King
The jury found that Ford had "acted blindly" in the design of the Explorer 1998.
An Alabama jury awarded compensation of nearly $ 152 million to a survivor of a 1998 rollover accident. Ford Explorer.
The jurors determined that Ford had "acted blindly" in the design of Explorer, which did not comply with the company's internal safety guidelines, according to a court document examined by Reuters.
The lawyers representing Travaris Smith said he was in the explorer when the driver missed an animal on the road, rolling the SUV several times and leaving him paralyzed.
"Our condolences go to Travaris Smith and his family," the company said in a statement. "At the same time, we do not agree with the jury's conclusion in this case and with a series of decisions rendered by the Alabama court that prevented it from hearing critical evidence and appealing."
In particular, U-Haul has maintained a long-standing prohibition on renting trailers to tow behind older explorers. The company has criticized the rule of "excessive costs for the defense of lawsuits involving Ford Explorer towing suits".