Ford Wins Verdict On State-of-the-Art Defense

A California federal jury returned a verdict in favor of Ford Motor Company involving a fatal rollover of a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport. The suit alleged that the vehicle should have been equipped with a rollover activated side curtain air bag system. Ford successfully defended the defect claim by showing that this technology was new in 2002 and had not been adequately tested on all models. [3/12/15]