$40 Million Verdict in Defective Seatbelt Case

Leytham V. Kia Motors of America | Mobile County, Alabama Circuit Court | CASE NO. CV-2006-002263

The A97 seatbelt buckle in Kia Sephia and Sportage vehicles, model years 1995-2000, had a safety defect that caused the buckles to feel as though they were latched, but were actually not. This defect resulted in the death of a 16 year old driver of a 1999 Kia Sephia. In a crash, her seat buckle failed, ejecting her from the vehicle and causing injuries that led to her death. Our attorneys at Cunningham Bounds, LLC were able to obtain a $40 million wrongful death verdict from Kia Motors Corporation, DBI/Celltrion, and Kia Motors of America, Inc.

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