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November 9, 2007
Ford Motor Co. won reversal of a $60-million jury verdict awarded to the parents of a 17-year-old boy who was killed during the rollover of a 1996 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle. The parents of Lance Hall claimed design defects in the Explorer left it unstable. A Miami jury in November 2005 awarded them $61 million, later reduced by $1 million by the trial court. A Florida appeals court erased the rest of the award, ordering a new trial.
August 4, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ford Motor Co. is recalling 3.6 million vehicles, some manufactured as long as 16 years ago, in the sixth round of repairs to fix a cruise-control switch that can overheat and cause a fire. The announcement brought the total number of vehicles recalled for the same problem to 10.5 million since 1999. The callback was needed "to address customer concerns" stemming from previous recalls involving the switch, Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford said.
July 20, 2006 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
A San Diego appeals court Wednesday slashed a jury award levied against Ford Motor Co. for a woman left paralyzed after a Ford Explorer rollover accident. But the court, which termed the original damage award of $368.6 million excessive, denied Ford's request for a new trial. The jury verdict two years ago produced the first-ever damage award against Ford involving a rollover from an Explorer and the second-highest award in U.S.
December 1, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Ford Motor Co. is falling short of sales targets with its latest version of the Explorer, which has outsold all other sport utility vehicles for the last 15 years. Sales of the 2006 Explorer totaled 12,122 in October, the lowest since April 1990, when the SUV was rolled out. The new SUV has won praise for a smooth ride and revamped interior while being criticized for an exterior that resembles the 2005 model.
September 17, 2004
Re two Sept. 13 stories, "A Trial Lawyer on Ticket Has Corporate U.S. Seeing Red" and "Pepperdine Law School Adds Some Starr Power," and the commentary, "Schwarzenegger Is Fair Game": President Bush attacks trial attorneys, including vice presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards, who have built their reputations representing many individuals who have been injured by big business and corporate entities, but he seems to have no problem hiring attorneys who...
September 3, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
A U.S. appeals court threw out a jury verdict that found Ford Motor Co. wasn't liable for the death of a woman in an Explorer rollover accident and ordered a new trial. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta reversed the jury's decision last month. A three-judge panel concluded that the judge who presided over the trial in 2003 gave improper instructions to the jury and shouldn't have allowed Ford to introduce evidence on other rollover accidents.
July 8, 2004 | From Reuters
General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. sweetened incentives to lure consumers back to car dealerships after both U.S. automakers suffered double-digit drops in June vehicle sales. GM said it had raised cash rebates it offered on most of its sport utility vehicles to $5,000, and to $4,000 for most cars for the 2004 model year. Ford raised its incentives by $1,000 to a total of $4,000 on some of its SUVs, including the four-door Ford Explorer.
June 16, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Ford Motor Co. may face more losses in Explorer rollover suits because of statements its defense lawyer made to jurors during a trial in San Diego. Ford attorney Anthony Sonnett told jurors June 2 that company engineers were "sorry that they let the rest of the company down" and that Ford "knowingly put a defective product on the market" in selling the Explorer, according to the official court transcript.
January 16, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Ford Motor Co. is not liable for a rollover accident that killed a school administrator riding in an Explorer sport utility vehicle, a jury in Hackensack, N.J., ruled. Cheryl Metrey, 54, died after her husband lost control of their Ford Explorer vehicle on Interstate 81 near Johnson City, Tenn., in May 2000. Metrey's family alleged that the vehicle's design made it unstable and prone to flipping, said their attorney, Edgar Heiskell. The suit doesn't involve Firestone tires, he said.
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