Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld a $40 million award to the family of a 4-year-old killed when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was in was rear-ended and burst into flames.

 A lower court in 2015 reduced a jury verdict from nearly $150 million to $40 million.

Fiat Chrysler lawyers said during the trial that the fire did not cause Walden's death and blamed the driver of the pickup truck that hit the vehicle.

Under government pressure, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in June 2013 to address fire risks and agreed to install trailer hitches to protect the gas tanks after Marchionne held private talks with senior U.S. Transportation Department officials.

In 2015, NHTSA announced Fiat Chrysler would pay a then-record $105 million civil penalty over lapses in safety recalls involving millions of vehicles, including older Jeep SUVs for fire risks.

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