Products Liability Judgment Against Ford Reversed

The South Carolina Supreme Court has reversed a judgment for the plaintiffs in a case against Ford Motor Company.  The plaintiffs claimed that the Ford Explorer in which they were riding had a defective cruise control and defective seat belts.

The court ruled that the trial judge should have excluded Bill Williams as an expert on cruise control diagnosis.  The court also ruled that Dr. Anoty Anderson was not qualified to reliabily testify as to alternative designs and his theory concerning the cause of teh sudden acceleration.

Finally, the court ruled that certain claimed "other similar incidents" were not substantially similar.

The case is Watson v. For Motor Company,  No. 26786 (S.C. March 15, 2010).