Ford Wins New Trial In Colo. Over Seat Design Injuries

By Joe Van Acker (September 10, 2015, 5:44 PM EDT) -- A Colorado jury received improper instructions before siding with a man who blamed an allegedly defective Ford Motor Co. seat design for brain and neck injuries he suffered in a car crash, a state appellate court ruled on Thursday, granting the automaker a new trial.

The court said that the instructions incorrectly included a consumer expectation test in a separate instruction, when that test falls under a separate, seven-factor risk-benefit test applied in another instruction.

"Part of plaintiff's theory at trial was based on the consumer expectation test — namely, that the plaintiff could recover if the jury found that an...

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