A Memphis, Tenn. court refused a DamilerChrysler's motion to reverse a $48.8 million punitive jury award in the death of a 38 year-old woman in a crash involving a Dodge Caravan yesterday.

In 2002, Vickie Mohr was driving a 2000 Dodge Caravan when she was hit almost head-on by a Jeep Cherokee. Mohr's family asserted that the Caravan's design left passengers vulnerable to offset collisions (accidents in which the vehicle's front end is hit only partially). In addition to the $48.8 million punitive jury ruling, the judge in the case also awarded Mohr's family and the family of her mother, who was also killed in the accident, a total of $58.3 million.



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