Ford F-150 Found Safe at Trial

Yukevich | Cavanaugh announces defense verdict for Ford Motor Company. Torrance, California Jury Rejects Allegations of F-150 Design Defect.

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This is a complete victory for Ford Motor Company, and for Ford as a leader in advanced vehicle safety systems

Torrance, CA (PRWEB) September 27, 2013

The Los Angeles law firm of Yukevich | Cavanaugh announces a full defense (take nothing) verdict handed down late yesterday by a Superior Court jury in one of the nation's first lawsuits involving a claim that a vehicle should have been equipped with an inflatable seat-belt.

According to the five women and seven men jury decision, Ford Motor Company’s F-150 truck is not defective despite claims from two plaintiffs that the F-150’s air bag and restraints failed to protect them from injury in a severe, multiple vehicle accident. The jury took just over an hour to reach their decision.

The case of Isaura Garcia and Celia Morando v. Ford Motor Company (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. TC 024996), arose out of an accident that happened nearly three years ago in the City of Compton. Accoding to court documents, Ms. Garcia was driving the F-150 southbound on the 710. As she exited the freeway, Ms. Garcia allegedly pressed down on the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal causing the F-150 to accelerate before crashing into a guard rail, rear-ending a Honda Civic, impacting a Lexus LS400 head on, and ultimately striking a utility pole.

According to court documents, as a result of the multiple collisions, both plaintiffs sustained neck, spine, rib, and sternum fractures.

Attorneys Steven Smelser and Raymond Hua, partners at Yukevich | Cavanaugh, successfully argued to the jury that the accident was caused by the actions of the driver and that the vehicle was well designed. According to the jury’s findings, the F-150’s restraints systems were advanced and state of the art, and the vehicle protected the plaintiffs in this very severe high-speed accident.

Plaintiffs alleged that the F-150 was defective in its design, and that the vehicle should have been equipped with an inflatable seat belt, a seat integrated restraint, a larger air bag, and a retractor-mounted seat belt pretensioner.

"This is a complete victory for Ford Motor Company, and for Ford as a leader in advanced vehicle safety systems," says Mr. Smelser. "Yukevich | Cavanaugh would like to thank these thoughtful jurors who unanimously agreed with Ford that the accident was caused by the actions of the driver and that the vehicle was well designed, its restraints systems were advanced and state of the art, and that this vehicle protected the plaintiffs from even more serious injuries in this very severe accident.”

About Yukevich | Cavanaugh
Yukevich | Cavanaugh specializes in the management, defense, and trial of products liability claims. The firm advises and defends manufacturers and distributors of a wide range of products, including automotive and motorcycle products, tires, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, heavy machinery and industrial equipment, and sporting goods. The firm, which has tried cases throughout the U.S., also has proven capabilities in advanced motions and appeals, regional case management coordination, jury research, crisis management, and alternative dispute resolution.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 177,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln.


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