• May 16, 2014
A Hyundai Tiburon is shown on display at a Hyundai deal... A Hyundai Tiburon is shown on display at a Hyundai dealership in Burlingame, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
A Montana jury has levied a $248 million ruling against Hyundai in the case of a crash that killed two occupants in July 2011. The automaker plans to appeal the ruling.

Cousins Trevor and Tanner Olson were driving a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon when they hit another vehicle head-on. According to lawyers representing their family, the steering knuckle on the car cracked and this allegedly caused it to lose control. Hyundai claimed that fireworks had been let off inside the vehicle, which caused the driver to swerve. The company alleges that evidence that could have proved its innocence was barred from the case.

The jury found in favor of the family and awarded them about $8 million in damages after a two-week trial. It claimed that Hyundai had shown "actual malice," according to Reuters. The jurors also slammed Hyundai with a further $240 million in punitive damages.

Hyundai told Reuters that it plans to appeal immediately and called the verdict "outrageous."

This article originally appeared on Autoblog.


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