Ford Motor Co. says it will appeal a California court judgment last week that awarded $150 million to a 49-year-old woman. She was partially paralyzed when her 1997 Explorer rolled over near San Diego in 2002.
The trial court judge, Kevin Enright, cut the award from the $369 million recommended by a jury. But he rebuked Ford for "conscious disregard for the safety of others," wire services reported.
In a separate case last week, Ford settled for an undisclosed amount of punitive damages after a Florida jury found for the family of a 57-year-old man. He died in the 2001 rollover of a 1996 Explorer after a tire failure.
Until the California verdict, Ford says, juries ruled in the automaker's favor in 13 trials where Explorer safety was at issue.