California jury awards woman $23.4 million in suit against Ford

In 2007, Cynthia Castillo was involved in a freeway accident that left her a quadriplegic. Castillo apparently lost control of her 1997 Ford Explorer when the tread separated from her left-rear tire as she was driving, resulting in the SUV to veer off the freeway, rolling three times down an embankment and leaving her legs and most of her body paralyzed.

A California jury last week awarded Castillo $23.4 million in a civil judgment against FoMoCo.

Castillo’s attorney, Brian Brandy, says that there is a flaw in the 1997 Explorer’s design that caused it to lose control.

A FoMoCo attorney says that the accident was caused by a work-out tire.

– By: Kap Shah

Source: Detroit News