A 33-year-old front-seat passenger of a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder was seriously injured when the SUV collided with a drunk driver, despite the fact that she was wearing her seat belt. The Pathfinder was equipped with load-limiting seat restraints that release a small amount of extra webbing when significant force is applied to the belt in order to minimize belt-inflicted injuries. When the SUV collided with the drunk driver, the passenger's seat belt unspooled 9 to 10 inches, and she submarined under the lap belt, causing significant abdominal injuries. She sued Nissan Motor Corp., alleging they failed to properly test the system. The jury, allocating 70 percent of the fault to Nissan and 30 percent to the drunk driver, awarded approximately $6.2 million, including $2.5 million in punitive damages.
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