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March 22, 2006

Jury Awards $26.2 Million in Products Liability Suit Against Ford Motor Co. and Garden State Engine and Equipment

A New Jersey jury awarded the plaintiff, twenty-two-year-old Michael Boyle, $26.2 million in a products liability suit against Ford Motor Co. and Garden State Engine and Equipment, a parts manufacturer, because of the failure of an "under-ride guard" that was installed on a flatbed truck for purposes of preventing vehicles from becoming lodged underneath certain trucks in cases involving rearend collisions with the trucks.  The plaintiff's theory was that the installed guard snapped off on impact, resulting in massive head injuries to him.  The plaintiff's theory against Ford was based on the lack of a guard on the F800 truck in question.  Ford sold an incomplete chassis cab which it said fully complied with all applicable regulations at the time of sale.  By John Petrick, NorthJersey.com

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