MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. that sought $900,000 for lack of an airbag in a 1976 Ford Maverick.
Melvin Robinson III claimed he should receive $900,000 in damages for injuries he suffered while he was a passenger in a Maverick during a 1994 accident in Montgomery.
U.S. District Judge Ira DeMent dismissed the case, saying Robinson's argument that the Maverick should have been equipped with airbags was not convincing.
Robinson claimed that Ford produced a defective product. He also alleged that Ford failed to equip the car with airbags even though the company had known for some time that airbags would prevent injuries.
Driver-side airbags did not appear in Ford cars until the early 1980s. Passenger-side airbags were added to Ford vehicles a decade later.
Robinson was represented in the case by Atlanta lawyer Melvin Robinson, his father.