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Hyundai to pay $14 million for airbag defect

Hyundai Motor America was ordered to pay $14 million in damages by a jury verdict on Friday, June 28, to the family of a Virginia teen who suffered traumatic brain damage in an accident involving one of the car manufacturer’s vehicles, which had defective airbags.

Court records show that on February 27, 2010, 16-year-old Zachary Duncan was trying to pass a friend’s car while driving his Hyundai Triburon when his vehicle careened out of control, hit a mound of snow, and crashed into a tree. The side airbags failed to deploy upon impact causing his head to hit the car roof.

Duncan’s counsel claimed that there could have been no brain injury if the airbag sensor had worked properly and prevented Zachary’s head from bumping into the roof rail.

Hyundai, which stopped distributing the Triburon car in 2008, said they are planning to appeal the ruling.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Racine caused by a faulty vehicle, our legal team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® may be able to help you pursue compensation for your losses. Discuss your legal options by calling 800-242-2874 today.

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