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Ford wins reversal of $43 million dollar Lincoln Town Car case

In 2005, an Iowa court ruled that Ford Motor Company was liable for the death of a 73 year old man when the Lincoln Town Car in which he was riding was struck by another car – killing him and severely burning his wife – but through the process of appeal, the Iowa Supreme Court has overruled the original $43 million award issued to the wife of the deceased man.

Dora and John Jablonski were driving through a construction zone in 2003 when the traffic caused them to come to a stop in their 1993 Lincoln Town Car; when another vehicle slammed into the rear of their aging luxury car at 55-65 miles per hour. An unspecified item in the trunk punctured the fuel tank which caused the Town Car to burst into flames and in the end – Dora was badly burnt and her husband John was dead. The immediate court case following the accident in Iowa found Ford liable and ordered them to pay $43 million in damages to Dora and the estate of the late John Jablonski but Ford Motor Company appealed – insisting that there was no flaw that caused the accident or ensuing fire.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the legal counsel of the Jablonski family failed to prove that Ford was responsible for the accident, fire, death or injuries to the family. while the Jablonski’s lawyer argued that the location of the Town Car’s fuel tank – behind the rear axle – was the reason for the fire and death of his client, Ford pointed out that the 1993 Lincoln Town Car met-or-exceeded all federal crash test requirements and the fuel tank location was in accordance with all federal standards.

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