According to The Detroit News
, the Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that Ford
Motor Company is at fault for a 2002 rollover crash involving a 1997 Ford Explorer
and the Dearborn, MI-based automaker must pay $55 million in punitive damages. Benetta Buell-Wilson's Explorer rolled over four-and-a-half times
after she swerved to avoid debris. When the roof collapsed on her neck, it severed her spinal cord and left her paralyzed.
Ford unsuccessfully argued that it shouldn't be punished due to the fact that the Explorer complied with federal safety standards when it was built. Buell-Wilson was originally awarded $369 million in damages, but a pair of California courts cut down the total value of damages to $82.6 million.
[Source: The Detroit News