Family of victim who died in Chrysler Jeep awarded $150M
A jury in Decatur County ruled that Chrysler must pay $150 million to the family of four-year-old Remington Walden, who died when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee he rode in burst into flames upon being rear-ended in March 2012, the U-T San Diego reported on April 2.
Jurors determined that Chrysler was responsible, as the company acted with disregard to human life by placing the gas tank behind the rear axle of the vehicle. This defective design does not provide sufficient protection around the gas tanks in the event of a rear-end collision, significantly increasing the risk of fire and injury.
A spokesman for Chrysler’s parent company FCA US, Mike Falese, said the company plans to appeal the verdict.
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