Ford liable in 2004 California crash, must pay $50 million

James Raia

Ford Motor Company is liable for an April 2004 van accident and is required to pay the family of a man killed, and a surivor in the mishap, $50 million, according to a report on, the website of the Sacramento Bee newspaper.

The ruling, via a Sacramento Superior Court jury, detailed Ford must pay the punitive damages to the family of Tony Mauro, 41, who was killed in the crash, which occurred on Interstate 5, and to Marlene Shirley, who suffered abdominal injuries in the accident.

The full article will appear in the Bee's print and online editions on Nov. 11.

The abbreviated post on, details Plaintiffs lawyer Roger Dreyer argued Ford was liable because it had information about a Goodyear tire recall but did not provide the information Ford owners or car dealerships.

Ford's attorney, Warren E. Platt, said in response, according to the newspaper, that the van was safe. The carmaker's representative also said Ford had no responsibility with regard to a defective tire.


Article Last Updated: November 10, 2011.

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