FILE PHOTO: The Ford logo is seen on a vehicle at the New York Auto Show in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, March 29, 201
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A jury in Alabama awarded $ 151.8 million to a young man who was paralyzed in the 2015 rollover accident with a Ford Explorer sports car, Ford, and lawyers in the case.
The jury awarded $ 100 million in immediate injury and the rest in compensatory damage after finding on Friday that the 1998 Ford Explorer did not meet Ford's own security guidelines and that Ford "acted reluctantly" in the design of the vehicle, according to a court case Reuters and lawyers for plaintiff Travaris "Three" Smith.
Smith rode in the SUV when the driver swam to avoid an animal and the vehicle rolled over twice, lawyers in law firms Beasley Allen and Gamble, Gamble, Calame and Jones said in a statement.
Ford said it plans to appeal. "Our sympathy goes out to Travaris Smith and his family. At the same time, we disagree with the jury's conclusion in this case, as well as with a number of decisions by the Alabama court that held the jury to hear critical evidence – and will appeal," Ford said. -women Monique Brentley in a statement to Reuters.
Ford said it has transformed Explorer since 1998.
Reporting Alwyn Scott; Editing by Sandra Maler