Charles Ramirez 6/21/01

Charles Ramirez, as Surviving Spouse of Jana Ramirez, Deceased v. Isuzu Motors, Ltd., Isuzu Motors America, Inc., American Isuzu Motors, Inc., Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Inc., Takata Corporation, Takata, Inc., Takata Restraint Systems, Inc. f/k/a Takata Fabrication Corporation, Crown Motor Company, Inc., and Billy Stewart Sanders, 136th District Court, Jefferson County, Texas (6/21/01)

Plaintiffs proved that the seat belt failed to satisfy the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requiring the belt be designed to remain on the bony pelvis (and not on the soft abdomen) during the accident loading. Plaintiffs proved Isuzu and Takata negligently designed the belt to inject excessive slack during accident loading by virtue of a "fuse loop" in order to address the underlying crashworthiness of the vehicle or belt system. The case was settled during jury selection. The amount of the settlement is confidential.

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