Land Rover maker ordered to pay $21.1 million in rollover case




[COLOR=#333333! important]A Los Angeles judge blames the design of the Land Rover Discovery SUV in the 2003 accident in which a Simi Valley man was paralyzed. The company plans to appeal.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#999999! important]By Stuart Pfeifer
May 28, 2009 [/COLOR]
A Los Angeles judge has ordered automaker Jaguar Land Rover to pay $21.1 million to a Simi Valley man who was paralyzed in 2003 when his Land Rover Discovery sport utility vehicle rolled over several times after a collision on the 118 Freeway.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Robert H. O'Brien cited two key reasons for his decision: The vehicle's high center of gravity made it susceptible to rolling over, and its roof collapsed too easily, causing Sukhsagar Pannu to suffer a debilitating spinal cord injury.

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