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Ford Motor Co. v. Matthews

Mississippi Supreme Court
291 So.2d 169 (Miss. 1974)


Facts

Earnest Matthews was standing beside his Ford (defendant) tractor when he started it while the tractor was in gear. The tractor ran him over and killed him. The tractor came with a safety switch that was designed to keep the tractor from starting when it was in gear. The administratrix of Matthews’s estate (plaintiff) brought suit on a theory of strict products liability, claiming that the safety switch was defective. Ford defended against the claim on the grounds that Matthews had misused the tractor. The trial court found in favor of the administratrix. Ford appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Rodgers, P.J.)

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