Jury issues $55M verdict against Honda after crash

The Honda logo is seen on the outside of a building at the Honda car assembly plant in Swindon, England. (File) (Matt Cardy, Getty Images)
The Honda logo is seen on the outside of a building at the Honda car assembly plant in Swindon, England. (File) (Matt Cardy, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/27 6:54 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jury in Philadelphia returned a $55 million verdict against Honda Motor Corp. on Friday, for a rollover accident that left a driver paralyzed four years ago.

Lawyers for Carlos Martinez argued that a faulty seat belt design in his Acura Integra caused the injuries he suffered in 2010.

Honda says it will appeal the verdict issued Thursday. A company spokesman denies any defect in the restraint system.

A lawyer for Martinez says the father of four was driving to work in suburban Baltimore from his home in York, Pennsylvania, when a tire blew out and he lost control of the car. 

Attorney Stewart Eisenberg says the seat belt failed to prevent Martinez's head from hitting the roof of the car as it rolled over.

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