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Daniell v. Ford Motor Co.

United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
581 F.Supp. 728 (1984)


In an attempt to commit suicide Connie Daniell (plaintiff) locked herself in the truck of her 1973 Ford LTD automobile where she stayed for nine days. Thereafter, Daniell filed suit in federal district court against Ford Motor Company (Ford) (defendant) to recover physical and psychological damages arising from her ordeal and claiming that the car had a design defect in that the trunk latch did not have an internal release or opening mechanism. Daniell premised her suit on a number of theories, namely (1) strict products liability under § 402A of the Restatement (Second) of Torts, (2) negligence, and (3) breach of express warranty and implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Ford filed a motion for summary judgment.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Baldock, J.)

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