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Airbag defect causes Hyundai $14 million in personal injury settlement

Hyundai Motor Company was directed to pay $14 million to a Virginia family in connection with a defective side airbag system that failed to deploy, leaving their teenage son with serious brain damage.

The personal injury lawsuit was filed by the parents of Zachary Duncan on February 27, 2010 shortly after Duncan, who was aged 16 at the time, sustained a traumatic brain injury when his Hyundai Tiburon car crashed into a tree. Sources said that incorrect sensor placement prevented the side airbags from deploying, causing Duncan to hit his head on the car roof.

The Pulaski County, VA jury returned the $14 million verdict on June 28, 2013, which will provide financial support for Duncan’s lifetime care.

A spokesman for Hyundai Motor Co. said they plan to appeal the verdict.

At Spiros Law, P.C., our legal team is dedicated to helping the victims of car accidents caused by auto manufacturer’s negligence. Thus, if you or a family member has been injured in an accident in Danville, call 217-443-4343 to find out how we may be able to help.