Berkowitz and Hanna LLC handles many product liability and car accident cases on a regular basis. Today the firm is providing an update on the litigation surrounding the Jeep recall that began two years ago.
U.S. News reported recently that a Georgia jury awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded into flames three years ago after being rear-ended. The jury in the wrongful death case said Chrysler was 99 percent responsible for the crash and must pay nearly the full amount. The jurors also found that the company acted with “reckless disregard for human life” in selling the family of Remington Walden the 1999 Jeep with a gas tank mounted behind the rear axle. Allegedly, Chrysler (the parent company) is considering an appeal.
Although Jeep has issued a recall on the affected vehicles, only a fraction of those covered by the recall have been repaired. As U.S. News reported, Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said in an email that the company has repaired 9 percent of the 1993-1998 Grand Cherokees and 36 percent of the 2002-2007 Libertys.
We did not represent any of the parties in this case.