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California Auto Defects Lawyers File Product Liability Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Chrysler

Newport Beach, CA (Vocus) March 23, 2010

The California auto defects lawyers of BISNAR CHASE (www.BestAttorney.com)] have filed a product liability wrongful death lawsuit against Chrysler Corporation and Diamond Dodge Chrysler of Flagstaff, Arizona, stemming from an August 2007 rollover crash that claimed the life of Helene Lavonne Blair, a former resident of Lane, Oklahoma. According to the lawsuit, brought against the defendants by Helene's husband, Richard Blair, the 2005 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 4x4 SLT pickup truck manufactured by Chrysler Corporation and sold by Diamond Dodge Chrysler, was defective and therefore failed to protect Helene during the rollover crash in which she sustained fatal injuries, including massive head trauma. The lawsuit is pending in the State of Arizona Superior Court, Apache County, case #CV2008-019845.

Dodge Ram Pickup Truck Rollover Crash Causes Fatal Injuries

According to court records, Helene Lavonne Blair was the properly restrained driver of a 2005 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 4x4 SLT pickup truck as she traveled westbound on Interstate 40, near the city of Navajo in Apache County, Arizona, on August 15, 2007. As she drove at highway speeds, the truck suddenly veered off the roadway into the center median and then sharply veered right again across both lanes of westbound traffic, skidding counter clockwise and rolling over, eventually coming to rest on its roof. Due to the truck's roof crushing inward during the rollover sequence and Helene's partial ejection from the vehicle, she sustained fatal injuries, including massive head trauma which ultimately claimed her life.    

Multiple Chrysler Pickup Defects Alleged

According to the lawsuit, the Dodge Ram pickup truck Helene was driving at the time of the crash was wrought with a myriad of defects, including a weak roof design, a defective and insufficient restraint system that did not include available side curtain airbags , a defective window system and insufficient lateral and roll stability.

"Helene's death was tragic and unnecessary," said Brian Chase of the BISNAR CHASE Auto Products Liability Law Firm. "We allege the 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck Helene was driving at the time of her demise was significantly defective. What's more, we allege that even though Chrysler was well aware of these defects, it placed the truck into the public mainstream, putting drivers such as Helene at great risk without warning, and ultimately, without regard for human safety."

Chrysler May Have Been Aware of Dodge Ram Pickup Truck Defects

The suit alleges that since 1968, Chrysler has known about defects in its products, including its 2005 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 4x4 SLT pickup truck. To begin, the truck's A and B pillars/windshield headers and roof rails lack sufficient strength and structural integrity to withstand roof crushing forces. What's more, the truck's defective and unsafe restraint system, including the lack of available side curtain airbags, permits excessive occupant vertical excursion which could facilitate the ejection of passengers in accidents such as rollovers. Additionally, the suit alleges the truck's window system design can fail and create openings for occupant ejection in the event of a rollover or side skid accident.

The action seeks economic damages for wrongful death , personal injuries, medical expenses, loss of past and future earnings and earning capacity, funeral and burial expenses and the loss of consortium.


The BISNAR CHASE Auto Defect Attorneys represent people throughout the country who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to motor vehicle defects. The law firm has won a variety of challenging auto defect cases against General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Chrysler and many of the foreign manufacturers. For more information, read the book "Still Unsafe At Any Speed: Auto Defects That Cause Wrongful Deaths and Catastrophic Injuries" by Brian Chase and see www.ProductDefectNewsandAdviceBlog.com.

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