| NEW YORK, July 1
NEW YORK, July 1 A U.S. jury found South Korea's
Hyundai Motor Co should pay $14 million to a
Virginia man who suffered traumatic brain damage in a car
accident after the side air bags in his 2008 Hyundai Tiburon
failed to deploy.
Jurors in state court in Pulaski County, Virginia,
deliberated for more than eight hours before finding on Friday
that a defect in the car's air-bag design was responsible for
the injuries sustained by Zachary Duncan in the 2010 crash,
according to court records and Duncan's attorney.
Representatives for Hyundai did not immediately return
requests for comment on Monday.
Duncan and his parents sued Hyundai after he sustained
serious brain injury when the Hyundai Tiburon he was driving
left the road and collided with a tree on the driver's side,
according to a copy of the 2010 lawsuit. Although the car was
equipped with a side air bags, they not deploy, the complaint
Duncan's lawyers said in the lawsuit that the side air bags
did not deploy because Hyundai had put its side air-bag sensors
in the wrong location, under the driver's seat, instead of
further out on the car. Hyundai had conducted studies and knew
about the potential risks with the sensor location, the lawsuit
Hyundai had argued that the car's air-bag system met federal
safety standards and had been thoroughly tested and found to be
A first trial against Hyundai ended in a mistrial in 2012
after jurors deadlocked. The second trial began on June 17 and
ran for two weeks, according to Duncan's lawyer, Ari Casper.
"This is an important victory for our client and for public
safety," Casper said. "Hopefully, this will cause automobile
manufacturers to really make sure they're putting safe vehicles
on the road."
Casper said the same air-bag sensor design at issue in the
Duncan case was also present in Tiburons from model years 2003
until 2008. Hyundai discontinued the Tiburon after 2008.
(Reporting by Jessica Dye; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)