Unanimous Defense Verdict Returned in Lawsuit Targeting Carmaker’s Electronic Stability Control Technology


Shook, Hardy & Bacon represented Kia Motors America, Inc., in the first crashworthiness trial involving our client’s Sorento SUV. Arising from a rollover accident that resulted in plaintiff’s spinal cord injuries, the complaint alleged that the vehicle was defective and unreasonably dangerous because it purportedly lacked adequate roof strength, electronic stability control and rollover-activated restraint system technology. Plaintiffs sought damages in excess of $30 million.  Following a four-week trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict. Boren v. Kia Motors Am. Inc., No. CJ-2005-2869 (Dist. Ct., Okla. Cnty. 2009).