Montana Court Approves $81M Judgement Against Hyundai

Montana Court Approves $81M Judgement Against Hyundai

Hyundai charged $81M for faulty steering knuckle in Tiburon. Judge: Hyundai used a reckless disregard for health and safety

Judge Deborah Kim Christopher lowered the gavel on Hyundai earlier this week over a fatal accident involving an alleged defective 2005 Hyundai Tiburon.

 

 

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The lawsuit revolves around two teenage males who were killed when their Tiburon swerved into oncoming traffic. It was claimed by the victims’ families that a defective steering knuckle caused the accident, however Hyundai attorneys argued that the 19-year-old driver Trevor Olson and 14-year-old passenger Tanner Olson had been lighting fireworks in the car, ultimately causing the loss of control.

 

 

Judge Christopher cited 127 warranty reports of steering-knuckle problems as evidence of a “reckless disregard” for the health and safety of the motoring public. This proved to be the deciding factor in the case and Hyundai is now responsible for $81 million in damages. Hyundai vehemently disagreed to the decision and claimed the verdict was far north of the ‘$10 million’ limit set by the state. Christopher did agree in part by reducing the punitive damages to $73 million. However, no matter what the amount awarded was, the family will never be able to get the two teenage boys back.

 

 

This lawsuit has costed Hyundai more than $240 million in total.

 

Source: LeftLane

 

 

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