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Jury verdict against Hyundai for design defect in Tucson SUV

The Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld a $810,000 jury verdict against Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd., finding there was sufficient evidence that a design defect in Hyundai's Tucson SUV caused the death of a Texas girl.

According to the lawsuit, Hyundai's 2005 Tucson was defectively designed because its front passenger seat could recline by more than 45 degrees, an unsafe position that allowed passengers to be ejected from the SUV even if they were wearing a seatbelt.