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CHRYSLER-Case Jury Orders Big Payment CITE The Wall Street Journal Friday February 19 1999 Page A 3 FACTS Chrysler Corp was the first United States manufacturer to install air bags on the drivers side These air bags were installed on entire line of domestic passenger cars in the late 1988 1989 and 1990 In July 1992 when Louise Crawley drove her 1989 Chrysler LeBaron and collided with another car the air bag deployed The deploying of the air bag burned her left hand At the time Ms Crawley was pregnant After the accident she was hospitalized released and referred to a doctor for her burn which healed within a few weeks Fortunately she did not have any other injure and her unborn child was not harmed by this accident Ms Crawley led other Pennsylvania owners of certain Chrysler vehicles to file lawsuit to Chrysler Corp Lawyers of plaintiffs claimed that the location of the air bags two vents released hot gases It caused the burning of hands The outcome of the case is those plaintiffs win Chrysler Corp has to pay an estimated 6361 million to Pennsylvania owners of certain Chrysler vehicles because of the burning of the air bags when the safety devices deploy The jury awarded compensatory damages of 730 which is for the cost of a replacement drivers side-bag unit The jury also awarded the plaintiff 375 million in punitive damages to every registered Pennsylvania owner of a Chrysler car for those model years that had a driver side air bag According to Chrysler officials this decision in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia Country represents is the biggest award in an air-bag case It is also the first verdict in class-action suit which is involving air bags LAW Damage means money There are two types of damages 1 Compensatory damages the court awards certain amount of money to plaintiff to compensate for what he
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