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Swedish automaker Volvo has been ordered to pay more than 378 million kronor (more than $48 million USD) to a Ukranian man injured in a 1998 rollover accident. How the man flipped his C70 coupe isn't altogether clear, but the court apparently found merit in his complaint that the airbags failed to deploy in the proper manner, causing him extensive injuries.

However, according to Volvo representatives, the vehicle's airbags were not designed to deploy in this type of crash. Unfortunately for the automaker, it was unable to contest this point in the courtroom, as it was apparently not allowed to put any foreign experts on the stand, while the plaintiff was able to make use of any experts he wished.

Volvo has nearly three weeks to lodge an appeal to the judgment, but the Ukranian man may beat them to it-- he reportedly plans on filing after being disappointed with the amount of the damages award.

[Source: The Local]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Sounds like a suspect ruling to me.

      • 9 Years Ago
      And what is different with this lawsuit from ones awarded here for many of the same claims?


      GM truck fuel tank fires when hit while driver was intoxicated

      Pinto fuel tank fires hit by a truck with NO gas cap in place

      Firestone/Ford rollovers

      How about the class action suit that VW had to stave off becase people thought that AFTER driving over a parking stop and backing off the bumper was damaged.

      And any multimillion dollar suit that was arrived at through dubious testimony

      So, one more time let me get this straight, it's OK here but not OK there?

      Having the right lawyer anywhere in the world=priceless
      • 9 Years Ago
      So the guy buys a VOLVO, manages to FLIP it, SUES Volvo for being UNSAFE, gets LEGAL ADVANTAGES over Volvo in court, gets FORTY-EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS, and then decides he's NOT SATISFIED? Wow.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Correct me if I'm wrong, but Volvo doesn't officially sell any cars in Ukraine. IIRC there is a Ukraine company that imports and sells Volvos, but there is also a large amount of cars stolen in western europe rolling around there.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ukraine sucks my haiy balls biotch!
      • 9 Years Ago
      here's a thought. run the vehicle identification number through interpol and if the car was stolen, tell the judge if he wants the guy to have $48 million to pay it himself out of his graft & corruption money he gets.

      yeah it's totally ludicrous.
      • 9 Years Ago
      WTF why does the rich get richer GOD! Man like he just bought the car and decided to go agaist, "The safest car in the world NOT" so he can get a lawsuit.

      Such horse radish, you know your rich when you can afford one of those.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ukraine wants to fund its freeway project through Volvo. This is BS (in)justice.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why the hell would/should the airbags deploy in a rollover? that makes no sense. Unless that car had a full headliner airbag I see no reason that this guy deserves any money. He should be happy to be alive. It isn't Volvo's fault he crashed. Dickhead piece of crap! Argh this gets me so angry!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah really, one lawsuit and someone has already suggested a vehicular embargo with Ukraine. Like such a lawsuit has NEVER happened in the west.....
      • 9 Years Ago
      If these rogue nations want to play like that, we should take our ball and go home.

      OK, let me rephrase that.

      If this kind of thing gets rampant, then the western car companies can always cease selling cars in these countries, cease sending any parts and the Ukranians and Russians or whomever, can just buy Ladas.

      You know, Ladas, based on 1967 FIAT ("Fix it again Tony") 124 car technology, with the gas tank cheek by jowl against the right rear tail light vertically in the rear fender so if they get hit from behind, they won't be suing anything or doing anything for that matter.

      Plus, no crumple zones, no air bags, virtually no safety equipment other than 3 point seatbelts and a collapsing steering column.

      Idiots. It'd serve them right to drive their own damn cars only.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yea former Soviet Bloc countries were corruption is rampant (although curtailing with recent elected Pres.)!

      Boo western modernized company that makes safest car in the world!

      The word Ludicrous comes to mind, anyone else?
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