WASHINGTON -- DaimlerChrysler AG says it will appeal a Tennessee jury's award of nearly $102 million in damages to the family of Joshua Flax, who was killed in 2001 when his grandfather's 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan was rear-ended.
The 8-month-old boy was in a second-row child safety seat, but another passenger's head struck him when the front seat back collapsed.
Plaintiffs' lawyers said the automaker knowingly installed weak seat backs to save money. The company contended seat backs need to "yield" so that crash energy is absorbed and other injuries are avoided.
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