DETROIT, Oct 25 (Reuters) - DaimlerChrysler AG'sarm 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.
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.