In 2003, a Lincoln Town Car driven by John and Dora Jablonski burst into flames when it was hit from behind, the fire taking the life of John and severely burned Dora. The accident turned into a court case, which resulted in a $43 million judgment against Ford Motor Company. Now, however, that judgment has just been reversed.

Ford asserted that the design of the 1993 Town Car in question had nothing to do with the accident, and, in fact, met or exceeded all industry standards set at the time. The automaker points out that this was an unfortunate accident in which a distracted driver slammed into the Town Car at 60 miles per hour, and that the company should not be liable. After this new theory was argued, a jury agreed, and the initial judgment was reversed in favor of Ford.


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      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good news. If the Federal government sets a standard, and the car meets the standard, then there's no liability. I have sympathy for Mrs. Jablonski, but Ford's design wasn't at fault.
      carnut0913
      • 3 Years Ago
      my word. are you saying common sense prevailed in the court of tort? unbelievable.
      buckfeverjohnson
      • 3 Years Ago
      So life is full of risks?
      Tolitz Rosel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford Escapes ...
      old_scooter_tramp
      • 3 Years Ago
      Juries simply do not easily grasp the concept of kinetic energy being 1/2 Mass x Velocity squared. There is a huge difference between a 35 mph rear ender and 60 mph. Good for Ford! Sorry for the victims, but apparently the cause of the crash did not have deep pockets.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      If a car slams into you at 60mph and you are not moving, you would be dead pretty much either way.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sucks to get blown up, but 60 mph? That's a lot to ask...
      WH
      • 3 Years Ago
      43 million on what grounds?! this is why business can't afford to hire people ... ridiculous payouts ... and that incites more people to file ridiculous lawsuits ... imagine if everyone in every car accident files a lawsuit against the car companies ....
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WH
        Businesses aren't hiring now because they don't want to, they're unsure of demand. Corporate America is sitting on something like $2 TRILLION in cashola, unwilling to invest it. So no, it's not lawsuits that's the problem.
        P
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WH
        Thanks for regurgitating a ridiculously naive Fox News narrative. Businesses and business owners have never sat on so much cash and wealth in the history of the United States. And yet you point to lawsuits to explain the job market? Sheesh... Learn the facts, not the talking points, and think for yourself.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Justice is served.
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Google Ford Pinto disaster. This was a long time ago, and if you are really bored also Google Chevy Corvair design defect. History repeats, unless we learn from it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Doug Danzeisen Sr
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        cpmanx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Doug Danzeisen Sr
        And while you're at it, Google "Japan tsunami." A lot of cars were damaged there--clearly the Japanese carmakers have failed at making their cars tsunami-proof.
      WH
      • 3 Years Ago
      heck i will let someone crash into me and kill me for 20 million ... any takers?
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