A Mobile, Alabama jury awarded our client $8.5 million after she was left with severe injuries following a 2018 crash.
While airbags should protect us during vehicle accidents, they can also severely harm us.
In October 2018, our client was riding as a passenger in a 1998 Infiniti QX4, manufactured by Nissan Motor Company. Another vehicle crossed our client’s lane on a Mobile roadway and collided with the Infinity QX4 at 10 mph. The QX4’s passenger-side airbag was violently deployed, striking and causing permanent blindness in our client’s left eye.
Beasley Allen attorneys Evan Allen, Kendall Dunson and Mike Andrews, along with outside co-counsel, obtained the verdict for the client against Nissan North America, Inc. and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
“Our client’s life completely changed when a product – the airbag – 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 defendant’s negligence and disregard for her safety.”
The jury sided with our client’s claim that the QX4’s passenger airbag system was unreasonably dangerous and defective under the Alabama Extended Manufacturer’s Liability Doctrine and that alternative airbag designs were available and would have prevented our client’s injury in this crash.
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This case was filed in the Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama, case number 02-CV-202-901869.00