Shortly after a new alternator was installed, a fire started in a vehicle and eventually engulfed another car, the garage and nearly destroyed a family’s home and all of their belongings.
Plaintiffs alleged that the design of the vehicle's alternator was defective and was unwittingly used by a rebuilder that sold the part.
Plaintiffs argued that the part was flawed and prone to fires and used three experts from a rebuilder’s trade group to criticize the design of the alternator. Plaintiffs requested over $160,000 from the jury.
The defendant automobile manufacturer defended its design and received a verdict in their favor.