Ford Motor Company Liability Claim

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Facts: Ford Motor Company appealed the judgement of the Hampton County, South Carolina Circuit Court in a product liability claim. Cheryl Hale was driving several children to her house in her Ford Bronco. The Plaintiff Jesse Branham was riding in the backseat without wearing his seatbelt. Hale admitted that she took her eyes briefly off the road, and Bronco veered towards the side of the road, where the rear right wheel left the road. When Hale attempted to correct, she overcorrected and the Bronco rolled over. In the process of the roll over, Branham was ejected from the vehicle and sustained injuries. The case against Ford was based on two product liability claims, one a defective seatbelt sleeve claim and the other, a “handling and

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