Faulty Seatbelt Leads to $980 Million Verdict Against Mitsubishi

Figure 1: Mitsubishi Motors logo. Photo credit. www.Reuters.com.

On October 30, 2023, a Philadelphia jury awarded Francis Amagasu a $980 million verdict after the seatbelt in his 1992 Mitsubishi 3000GT failed to restrain him during a 45-mph rollover crash. This failure resulted in catastrophic spinal cord injuries, rendering him unable to move his arms or legs. The jury ultimately concluded that Amagasu’s injuries were a direct result of the negligently designed seatbelt.

This tragic outcome underscores the importance of vehicle safety and proper restraint systems. It is evident that Mitsubishi’s negligence in the design of the car and the seatbelt contributed to this devastating incident. Notably, while Francis’ son, Katsutoshi Amagasu, was restrained by his seatbelt during the crash, Francis was not, highlighting a critical flaw in the car’s safety features.

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