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SNELL WINS AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT CASE FOR FORD IN NEVADA
Snell & Wilmer lawyers Kelly Evans and Jay Schuttert won a defense verdict in Horsch v. Ford Motor Company (Clark County District Court, Nevada), a non-collision airbag deployment case involving a 1994 Probe automobile.
The airbag deployed while plaintiff was parking the car after the steering gear had been replaced at her business (an automobile repair shop). Plaintiff sustained vision loss and claimed, together with her co-owner husband, that they could no longer run the business as a result of the accident.
Damages in excess of $1 million, plus punitive damages, alleging design defect and failure to include proper warnings in the service manual, were claimed.
Plaintiffs dismissed their design defect claim shortly before trial and proceeded to trial on a failure to warn claim. After 8 days of trial, the jury returned a defense verdict after three hours.