$8.5 Million Verdict Secured Due to Defective Airbag

A Mobile County, Alabama, jury ruled in favor of our client who was permanently blinded in the left eye by a defective Nissan airbag.

Although airbags should protect us during car accidents, they can severely injure us. That’s what happened to one of our clients who was permanently blinded in the left eye after a defective airbag deployed during a crash.

Beasley Allen lawyers Evan Allen, Kendall Dunson and Mike Andrews worked with outside co-counsel to secure an $8.5 million verdict against Nissan North America, Inc. and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, for the client.

“Our client’s life completely changed when a product – the airbag – that was supposed to protect her permanently blinded her,” said Allen, based out of Beasley Allen’s Mobile, Ala., office. “Nissan knew the airbag used in the vehicle our client was riding in would not protect her but, in fact, increased the risk of death or injury. Her life will never be the same. She is forced to adapt to a new normal all because of the defendants’ negligence and disregard for her safety.”

In October 2018, our client was a passenger in a 1998 Infiniti QX4 on McVay Drive in Mobile County, Alabama. Suddenly, defendant Cassie Sowa’s 2015 Ford Fusion crossed into our client’s lane, colliding with the QX4 at 10 mph. The QX4’s passenger’s side airbag violently deployed, striking and causing permanent blindness in our client’s left eye.

Our client claimed that Nissan was negligent in designing, testing and manufacturing the QX4 and that the automaker knew or should have known that the defective airbag could injure people in the vehicle. Our client also claimed that Nissan was liable under the Alabama Extended Manufacturer’s Liability Doctrine because different airbag designs existed that would have prevented the injury our client received. 

The case was filed in the Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama, case number 02-CV-202-901869.00

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