Ford Rollover Lawsuit

Ford has recently lost a lawsuit in New York. This case gives value to the argument that the roof standards in our vehicles need to be reexamined. And more importantly manufacturers must ensure that they selling a product that is within the standard. In addition, this case raises yet another defect that we have been seeing lately in various cars: cruise control issues.  Ed Bell and his law firm in Georgetown, SC represented plaintiffs in this action on liability.  We congratulate Ed and his team and hope this verdict sends a message to Ford: safety is job one.
Ford must pay $6.5 million to the family of a 60-year-old man who died in a 2000 rollover accident involving an Explorer, a New York jury said Thursday.

The family of Steven Motelson claimed a cruise-control defect caused him to lose control of the Explorer and that an inadequate roof failed to protect him in the subsequent rollover.

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Ashley Stack - September 25, 2008 10:34 AM

Hi Hardison, Ashley Stack here at The Bell Legal Group in Georgetown. Wanted to tell you how much we appreciate your words of congratulations for the Motelson case, but most importantly, your shared interest and concern for the safety of Ford SUV drivers out there that firms like yours and ours have been trying to help for years. Education is one of the greatest tools there is to accomplish this, in my opinion, so I am glad you are making the efforts to have a voice out there as well as you do. I just finished writing a press release about the case and some extenduending circumstances which led to the largest verdict in New York history for a single car crash. If you or any other readers would like to review it in greater detail, just click here:
All of these types of accidents were so preventable for a cost of pennies to Ford, it is sickening. The judge overturning the original verdict due to the zone of danger rule in NY was a true and just rendering; this accident was so horrible and painful for the deceased as well as surviving family members who were in the car at the time. I'm glad justice was served and I, as you mentioned earlier, hope this message might perhaps send a message loud and clear to Ford that customer safety comes before profit...in any industry for that matter.

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