A jury in Florida ruled against Ford Motor Co. in a recent case. The verdict required Ford to pay $6 million to a Florida man who was paralyzed when the Ford Aerostar van he was in rolled over.
Julian Felipe, a Florida resident, was 17-years-old when he was a passenger in the van his mother was driving to Sarasota for a family vacation in 2002.A tire on the vehicle blew out and the van rolled over and the roof caved in. The teenager's neck was broken.
The jury heard evidence that Ford knew there was a propensity for vans and trucks to roll over, especially after a tire blew out, and that the company failed to provide adequate engineering and safety measures to protect consumers.
After a six-week trial, the jury found that Ford failed to use reasonable care by placing the Aerostar on the market with a defect. The money awarded is for economic losses, pain and suffering and loss of potential income. Ford says it will appeal.