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$40 Million Verdict


$40 Million Verdict in Defective Seatbelt Case

Leytham v. Kia Motors of America | Mobile County, Alabama Circuit Court | Case No. CV-2006-002263

The attorneys of Cunningham Bounds achieved a $40 million dollar wrongful death verdict against Kia Motors of America, Inc., Kia Motors Corporation, and DBI/Celltrion. The case involved the A97 seatbelt buckle in model years 1995 through 2000 Kia Sephia and Sportage vehicles. These buckles were found to have a safety defect that caused them to be susceptible to “false latching” so that users think they are properly belted when in reality they are not. In this case, a 16-year-old driver lost control of her 1999 Kia Sephia and it crashed. During the accident her seatbelt buckle failed, she was ejected from the vehicle and died from her injuries.

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