A 14-year-old boy who was left paralyzed below the waist from a 2002 automobile wreck has been awarded $6.5 million by a Memphis jury, reports The Commercial Appeal.
The boy, who was 6 years old at the time of the accident, was in the back seat of his grandfather’s 1995 Mercury restrained by an adult seatbelt. The shoulder strap was behind the boy because it did not fit, when his car was struck head-on by the second car. The boy’s father, grandfather and the driver of the other car were all killed in the accident.
Ford Motor Company was found to be 15% liable for the total $43.8 million judgment for an adult seatbelt that was defective and not suitable for a child.