Explorer Rollovers Could Cost Ford Billions

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

As if Ford wasn't losing enough money, AP reports [via Forbes ] the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals today ordered Ford to pay a California woman $82.6m for injuries sustained when her Ford Explorer rolled over in 2002. A jury had originally awarded the plaintiff $369m. Like street cocaine, that number has been cut several times in course of the case. Ford had appealed the verdict all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the Explorer met all federal safety standards. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the 4th Circuit to determine whether or not their ruling was in line with a previous determination which overturned nearly $80m in damages awarded in a tobacco lawsuit. Today's decision blesses the plaintiff with $55m in punitive damages. The legal point: federal safety standards are not enough to shield automakers from legal liability. The scary bit: class action lawsuits will now fall like rain upon Ford's head. The Blue Oval Boyz have yet to publicly comment on the case, probably as they're busy talking to their insurance agent and trying to figure out what they're going to sell next.

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  • BKW BKW on Mar 13, 2008

    Johnster: I have that same Standard Catalog, and the pre war volume, so I could of (should of) looked up the info. The only Chisler I ever saw those brakes on, in person, was a 1950 Imperial.

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Mar 13, 2008

    ...The Citroën DS of 1955, with powered inboard front disc brakes, and the 1956 Triumph TR3... Having blown three very worn CV joints over the years, I prefer to have the brakes right out there with the wheels... (grin!) Citroen had to have the least unsprung weight of any brand vehicle! Drove an Alfra Romeo Alfetta many times in Italy and it had inboard rear brakes. Had to replace a caliper that froze up. Wondered if it was heat from not being out near the wheel and presumably nearer the airflow or if it was the car's generally miserable lack of TLC by it's owners over the years. Fun car to drove. Wonderful engine. Lots of rust too...

  • Antonio Lopez soto Antonio Lopez soto on Aug 21, 2022

    Well just so happens I unforunately own one 2002 exploder French trans and German engine both need replacement at 80k/100k like a swiss watch

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Aug 21, 2022

    This is an interesting discussion from 2008... and I just bought another book.