Ford Settles Laminated Glass Lawsuit in Texas
In the middle of a trial in the 58th District Court, Ford Motor Co. settled
a lawsuit brought by a Beaumont, Tex., couple who were alleging that the
vehicle manufacturer was liable because it had not installed laminated
glass in side windows even though it knew laminated would be safer than
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Charles and Vanessa Jackson had alleged that Ford was negligent in not
equipping the 2002 Explorer in which their son Jeffrey died of injuries
sustained in October 2004 when a car hit the SUV from behind, sending
it out of control. Jackson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected
from the vehicle, which rolled over three times.
According to local press reports, the Jackson's lawyers cited reports
by Ford engineers that laminated glass was safer than tempered glass.
Ford's lawyers cited evidence suggesting it would not have made any difference
whether the glass was laminated or tempered because the force of the vehicle's
trajectory would have ejected the occupant either way.