Mitsubishi ordered to pay 1 billion after accident

Mitsubishi ordered to pay 1 billion after accident
Mitsubishi ordered to pay 1 billion after accident

The Japanese car manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors, an ally of Renault and Nissan, announced Thursday that it had been ordered in the United States to pay one billion dollars (around 910 million francs) in damages in a road accident case involving one of his vehicles. Mitsubishi Motors clarified in a press release that it did not accept this judgment concerning its North American subsidiary MMNA, which plans to appeal.

While it is not uncommon to see damages exceeding a million dollars in traffic accident cases in the United States, the amount awarded in this case is particularly high, without however being a record. This trial initiated in 2018 related to a road accident that occurred the previous year in Pennsylvania (north-eastern United States). Francis Amagasu, who was driving a Mitsubishi 3000 GT, lost control of his sports car while trying to overtake a vehicle in front of him. The accident left him quadriplegic.

A Philadelphia court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Mr. Amagasu’s wife, who claimed that her husband’s serious injuries were caused by a malfunction in his seat belt, and therefore the vehicle manufacturer should be held responsible. Mitsubishi Motors “disputes the plaintiff’s assertion that the vehicle was defective,” the manufacturer further reacted in its press release.

The judgment, rendered Monday and notified to Mitsubishi Motors on Wednesday, confirms the decision of a popular jury of the same court last October, which ordered similar damages.

In 2022, the American manufacturer Ford was ordered to pay $1.7 billion in damages for a manufacturing defect in one of its models which led to the death of a couple in Georgia (southern United States). ) in a road accident in 2014.

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