A California couple severely injured in a Ford Explorer rollover accident in 1997 has settled a lawsuit against the state of California, a Ford dealer and a road construction company, for $14.9 million. Although the jury in the case agreed the high center of gravity of the Explorer made it prone to rollovers, it said bad repair work was to blame for the accident and did not hold Ford Motor Co. liable. However, it is the first time a jury has found the Explorer’s design to be defective in a ...

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