Re: Ford Pays $27 Million For Faulty Seat Design In Escort Accident.
This is more of those damn liberals influence here. Their philosophu of not
taking responsibility for anything, adn carrying it over to putting the
blame anywhere except where it belongs. There is no blame or fault to be
found of FoMoCo unless FoMoCo stated that a driver in an Escort would have a
100% change of surviving being rear-ended by a Cadillac (most likely 2 tons
or more) at 60 MPH. Shit happens, that's life. This $27 million should be
fined to the driver of the Cadillac, but of course some DUI isn't going to
have that kind of money so the liberal ass holes go and sue FoMoCo and some
bassackward moronic jury awards them the money. It's insane!
"Harry Face" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Saw this article in our local paper today, The Daily Southtown. March
> 17, 2005
> Ford, Mazda owe $27 Million for faulty seat design that contributed to
> the death of a South Holland ( IL. ) man.
> by Chris Hack
> staff writer
> A Cook County jury has awarded $27 million to the family of a South
> Holland man killed in a violent rear end collision five years ago.
> Jurors deliberated about three hours before handing up the judgement
> against Ford Motor Company and Mazda Motor Company, the two
> companies that designed and built the 1996 Ford Escort LX that James
> Mikolajczyk was driving in February 2000.
> The lawsuit blamed the Escorts " Yielding" front seat design as a cause
> of death Mikolajaczyk's death. The Escort was stopped at red light when
> it was rear ended by a Cadillac that was later determined to be doing 60
> According to the plaintiff's attorney Bruce Pfaff, the force of the
> impact bent the driver's seat backward about 60 degrees, allowing
> Mikolajczyk to slide out from under his seat belt and suffer a fatal
> injury when he slammed head first into the rear portion of the passenger
> Mikolajczyk's 10 year old daughter, who was sitting in the back seat of
> the Escort survived the crash because of the rigidity of that seat,
> Pfaff said.
> Ford engineers have long maintained that front seats were designed to
> bend backward in crashes in order to minimize neck injuries and
> whiplash in the low speed rear end crashes that are much more common
> than high speed one that left Mikolajczyk dead.
> Attorneys for the automakers noted during the trial the Escorts front
> seat met government safety standards. But Pfaff said test done on other
> cars, including those made by BMW and Mercedes Benz have shown that more
> rigid front seats are equally safe in low speed crashes and provide
> superior protection in high speed rear end collisions.
> ALthough Ford has strengthened the front seats in a few of its models,
> Pfaff said the yielding seat design still is widely used by the
> SIx years ago Paff's firm won a $14 million judgement in a similar
> lawsuit on behalf of a woman killed in a Ford Explorer in Hammond,
> We would love it if Ford Motor Co would wake up ad change their seats,
> Pfaff said Wednesday.
> The deceased worked as a physicians assistant at the University Of
> Chicago Hospital he never regained consciousness after the accident and
> died three days later. He was 46.
> The driver of the Cadillac, William Timberlake of Morgan Park, was
> convicted of drunk driving and reckless homicide and sentenced to six
> years in prison. Timberlake, 58 is expected to be paroled in September.