Los Angeles Times – Top Ten Auto Product Verdicts

Here are the largest verdicts in defective-product lawsuits against automakers. Many of the awards were later reduced by the trial judge or on appeal.

RankAward
(millions)
YearLocation
 Case Description
1$4‚900.01999California
 Anderson vs. General Motors; Malibu gas tank rupture; award was later reduced and case settled
2368.62004California
 Buell-Wilson vs. Ford; Explorer rollover; awaiting post-trial motions
3296.21999California
 Romo vs. Ford; Bronco II rollover; punitive damages reduced‚ paid
4262.51997South Carolina
 Jiminez vs. Chrysler; minivan rear-door latch failure; reversed‚ settled
5225.02002Texas
 Benavides vs. Ford; Ford F-150 door latch design; settled
6153.21998Nevada
 White vs. Ford; Ford F-350 parking brake; punitives reversed‚ retried
7150.01996Alabama
 Hardy vs. General Motors; Chevrolet S-10 Blazer door latch; settled
8144.81998Mississippi
 Robinson vs. Ford; Ranger rollover; settled
9128.51978California
 Grimshaw vs. Ford; Pinto rear-end collision fire; reduced‚ paid
10122.02002Alabama
 Jernigan vs. General Motors; Oldsmobile Delta 88 door beams; reversed‚ settled

The results in the cases portrayed on this website were dependent on the facts of each individual case‚ and the results in any case will differ if based on different facts or law.