State Farm Insurance Company v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

  • Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois06/01/2004
    Client: Defendant Automobile Manufacturer
    Outcome: Defense Verdict


State Farm brought action against the defendant automobile manufacturer after Johnetta Johnson started her vehicle and an engine compartment fire caused the vehicle to be assessed a total loss.

Plaintiff claimed that, due to a defective power steering system, power steering fluid was expelled onto hot engine surfaces, causing the fire.

Defense experts examined the vehicle and found nothing wrong with the power steering system. The defense contended that the only explanation for the accident was that an improper installation of an aftermarket vehicle alarm caused the fire.

The jury returned a verdict for the Defendant.