To bring a product liability claim against a product manufacturer, it must be proven that the product is defective, states Berkowitz and Hanna LLC. Gathering the proof against Jeep Liberty manufacturer the Chrysler Group LLC is exactly what lawyers for the family of accident victim Kayla White are in the process of doing, before formally filing a lawsuit against the auto giant.
Kayla White, a 23-year-old pregnant Michigan woman, was killed in a four-car collision when her 2003 Jeep Liberty was hit from behind, causing the vehicle to overturn and catch fire. According to the autopsy report, the young woman died from burns and smoke inhalation. White’s Jeep was part of a recall campaign “of 1.56 million 2002-07 Jeep Libertys and 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees at risk of catching fire when struck from behind.”
In response to a request made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler issued a callback and installed a trailer hitch to protect the gas tank. Chrysler has said that the hitch, however, would not protect the vehicle in the event of a high-speed crash.
A lawsuit against Chrysler Group LLC will be filed by the White family’s attorney early next year, pending the receipt and review of a full crash investigation and reconstruction report by the Michigan State Police. Meanwhile, notes Berkowitz and Hanna LLC, the 69-year-old man who crashed into the back of White’s SUV may be facing criminal charges for her wrongful death.
Note: Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not represent any of the parties in this case.
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