Jury issues $55M verdict against Honda

 

A jury ordered Honda Motor to pay $55.3 million for a rollover accident that left a Pennsylvania man paralyzed, but the car company said Friday it would appeal.

Lawyers for Carlos Martinez, 57, of York, argued during a nine-day trial that a faulty seat belt design in his Acura Integra caused the permanent injuries he suffered in 2010.

Martinez was driving to work in suburban Baltimore when a tire blew out and he lost control of the car, said his attorney, Stewart Eisenberg. The seat belt failed to prevent Martinez's head from hitting the roof of the car as it rolled over, the lawyer said.

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