Ford loses another rollover verdictDec 24, 2005 | Bloomberg
Ford Motor Co. must pay $20.5 million to a New Jersey woman who suffered brain injuries in a Bronco II rollover accident in 1995, a federal jury ruled.
Ford is liable to Kimberly Valentini, 35, who drove a Bronco that rolled four times after she swerved to avoid a collision on Interstate 95 in Virginia, jurors in Newark, N.J., found. The jury agreed with Valentini's claim that Ford defectively designed the sport utility vehicle and failed to warn it was prone to rolling.
Ford has lost at least eight multimillion-dollar verdicts this year in rollover cases, including five involving the Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle, which replaced the Bronco.
The seven-member jury awarded Valentini $1.5 million for past medical expenses, $13 million for future medical costs, $5 million in compensatory damages and $1 million for past and future lost income.