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Ford Must Pay For Air Bag Death

Jury Awards Millions To Child Whose Mother Was Killed

Nov 14, 2003 |

The Ford Motor Co. should pay $3.3 million to the son of a woman killed by an air bag during a low-speed accident, a Fort Lauderdale jury decided Wednesday.

Mayling Semidey, 29, hit a concrete retaining wall at about 9 mph in March 2000. The air bag inflated and caused fatal chest injuries.

The civil jury said the air bag system of her 1996 Taurus was defective and Ford Motor Co. was negligent.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has investigated the risk of air bags to small women and children who are close to the air bags when they deploy. But Semidey was 5-foot-9-inches tall and weighed 150 pounds. She was also wearing a seat belt.

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