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Jaramillo v. Ford Motor Co.

(2004) The surviving husband and children of a mother and daughter who died when the Ford Explorer the mother was driving rolled when she swerved to avoid a deer sued the vehicle manufacturer for design defects. A jury found in favor of the defendant. The Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded for a new trial because the trial court allowed the vehicle manufacturer to admit evidence of comparative accident statistics that were not limited to rollovers on smooth, dry pavement.

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