Ford Prevails at Summary Judgment in Defective Steering Wheel Claim

March 2023

Curtis A. Berglund obtained summary judgment on behalf of Ford Motor Company in the matter of Autumn Davila et al v. Ford Motor Company et al in Connecticut Superior Court. Plaintiffs claimed that the plastic cover and airbag assembly of their rental vehicle’s steering wheel became dislodged due to a recall condition, resulting in a collision. In its ruling for Ford, the Court credited Ford’s expert’s testimony that the recall cited by Plaintiffs was unrelated and there was no evidence of a defect or damage to the component at issue. Neither could Plaintiffs refute Ford’s evidence that the component had been removed and reinstalled multiple times after it left Ford’s control and before the accident in question, when the improper reinstallation of the component could also have caused it to dislodge.