Chrysler says court throws out $58.5 mln award


DETROIT, Oct 25 (Reuters) - DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler arm said on Friday a Pennsylvania appeals court had dismissed a $58.5 million verdict against the automaker over air bags in about 75,000 vehicles.

Chrysler said the appeals court threw out a 1999 verdict from a class-action lawsuit filed by a woman whose hand was burned after the air bags in her 1989 Chrysler LeBaron deployed in an accident.

A jury found Chrysler liable for the burns, awarding $730 each to 75,000 plantiffs who owned Chrysler vehicles made between 1988 and 1990, and also awarded $3.8 million in punitive damages.

Chrysler said it spent $6 million defending itself against the lawsuit. It said the appeals court not only voided the verdict, but ruled the case should have never been brought as a class action in the first place.



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