SACRAMENTO (AP) — A Sacramento County jury says Ford Motor Co. must pay $73 million in damages to three plaintiffs after a fatal 2004 rollover crash.

The Sacramento Bee reported Thursday that the family of 41-year-old Tony Mauro, who died, and two plaintiffs who were injured should receive $50 million in punitive damages.

Separately, the jury also awarded them additional amounts for their injuries and loss.

The rollover of an Econoline van on Interstate 5 in Kern County killed two and injured two others. Investigators determined a separated tire tread was the cause.

Evidence at trial showed Ford knew the tire was defective but did not contact dealers or customers. In a statement, Ford called the awards unfair and said the tragedy “could have been prevented with proper seat belt use …”

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press)

Comments (7)
  1. waste of money says:

    How ridiculous……… car purchasers will be paying the bill.

    Out of control jurors, making attorney’s rich.

  2. PIZZAMAN says:


  3. MAC49 says:

    GREED. Nothing more. It would be O.K. if that money could bring them back but it CAN”T. It’s all about Money NOTHING ELSE. Does that money take the pain and loss away? If it does they didn’t mean anymore to them than Money.

  4. bri says:

    this is a rediculous amount of money that the lawyers are going to get most of!
    73 million???? it will be brought down in apeals and will just waist more time and cost more lawyer fees
    We need tort reform, these jury pay outs get more over the top every day

  5. An Average Man says:

    Reading the other 2 stories about this trial, the tires were not the original tires Ford put on. They were bought at Sears . How is it Fords fault for someone else’s actions ? The tire mfg settled out of court. But in America, we go for more and those that have the deepest pockets. It is sad that lives were lost, but at what point does one take personal responsibility ?

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