Texas Jury Awards $242 Million to Family for Lexus Seat Defects

Lexus ES 300 Accident

A civil jury in Texas has fined Toyota $242 million after an accident in a 2003 Lexus ES 300 saw two children severely injured due to collapsing front seats — from CBS News:

Ben and Kristi Reavis were stopped in traffic on a Dallas area expressway on the way home from church in September 2016. Their two kids, 3-year-old Owen and 5-year-old Emily, were in the back, in their car seats, when an SUV slammed into the back of their 2002 Lexus sedan at 45 mph. As a crash test simulating the crash and used during the trial shows, the front seats collapsed, sending Ben and Kristi head first into their own children. Both kids suffered lasting traumatic brain injuries.

In a statement, Toyota said it respects the jury’s more than $242 million verdict but remains “confident that the injuries sustained were the result of factors specific to this very severe collision, not a defect in the design or manufacturing.”