US: FCA mulls retrial of record April penalty image

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the third largest US automaker, is lobbying for a new trial to judge the case of a family of a four-year old boy that was killed in a crash-fire in a 1999 jeep grand Cherokee.

The world’s seventh largest automaker is dissatisfied with the first result in the trial, when a Georgia jury in April awarded the family total compensation worth no less than $150 million, with a filling by the automaker claiming the law and evidence did not favor the verdict seen last month. According to the filling, filed with the Superior Court of Decatur County, the company claims the wrongful death payment – of $120 million – is around eleven times the biggest such award in Georgia. Additionally, the pain and suffering award of $30 million is also more than four times the biggest such payment for the state, claiming “the jury’s stunning and unprecedented damage awards are grossly excessive.”

The jury decided that Chrysler, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, was 99 percent liable for the death of Remington Walden. The driver that hit the back of the jeep Grand Cherokee was only one percent at fault, with the models in question being prone to fiery accidents if slammed from behind. The parents were unable to save the child that was restrained in a child seat inside and the plaintiffs attorney claimed the placement of the fuel tank behind the rear axle was the main cause of death.

Via Reuters