$40 Million Product Liability Verdict in Alabama

A jury in Alabama has awarded a whopping $40 million to the family of a 16-year-old girl who died driving a Kia. Tragically, the girl’s seat belt came off in a car accident and she was ejected from the car, causing her death. Plaintiffs’ lawsuit successfully contended that Kia knew for years that the car had defective seat belts. Kia stepped up and issued a recall for their 1995-1998 lines with defective seat belts, but did not extend the recall to cars from their 1999-2000 lines.