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to Appeal Landmark Jury Verdict in Air Bag Case
|Auburn Hills, February 22, 1999 -- DaimlerChrysler has vowed to overturn a
Pennsylvania jury's decision to award 75,000 plaintiffs $58.5 million in a class action
The case involves a woman who credits the air bag in her 1989 Chrysler LeBaron
with saving her and her unborn child from serious injury -- and possibly even death -- but
who experienced a minor hand burn when the air bag deployed during a 1992 accident.
"Ten years ago, we would have received a thank you note from a customer for the
air bag having saved her life. Today, we get slapped with a multi-million dollar verdict.
That is the nature of our out-of-control legal system," said DaimlerChrysler attorney
Karl Lukens. "Holding DaimlerChrysler liable in this case is like holding the
manufacturer of a bullet proof vest responsible because their product saved someone's
life, but resulted in a few bruised ribs. This is a case about trial lawyer greed, not
about a defective product."
Crawley v. Chrysler is a class action suit brought on behalf of approximately 75,000
Pennsylvania residents who own Chrysler vehicles (model years last quarter of 1988, 1989
and 1990) with driver air bags that have vents at the 9 and 3 o'clock positions on the
steering wheel. These vents allow for the rapid deflation of the airbag following
deployment -- a critical feature in any air bag system.
|All-New 2000 Neon Has Fun
With Sophistication, Refinement, Performance
Expecting to represent nearly 30 percent of
all cars sold in the United States by the year 2000, one could say the small car market is
anything but small. The all-new 2000 Dodge and Plymouth Neon become the benchmark in the
segment by providing consumers a small car that feels, looks and handles bigger than its
size, while offering sports car-like ride and handling.
A superb package of refinement and substance in both ride and appearance, the new Neon
once again sets the standard for a market that yearns for large car features combined with
value and fun-to-drive features.
|"The small car market is extremely competitive as the audience
continues to evolve and demand a higher level of refinement," said Tom Gale,
Executive Vice President and General Manager Passenger Car Operations. "Like
its audience, Neons design has evolved to keep it a segment benchmark, combining fun
and features with a solid foundation of best-in-class performance, roominess and
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