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Injured Students Sue Isuzu Over Defective Design

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Tyhler Carron and Nikko Landeros are students at Berthoud High School. The two boys, both 18, were on their school’s wrestling team. On January 15 thery were on their way home in Carron’s Isuzu Trooper, Carron was driving, when their vehicle got a flat tire. Carron pulled over to change the flat, and he and Landeros got out. They went to the back of the car and opened the rear doors to get the jack and other tools. That’s when Michelle Berra, a classmate, drove into the back of Carron’s car, pinning Carron and Landeros between the two vehicles.

Carron and Landeros both lost their legs in the crash.

They’ve filed a lawsuit against Isuzu, claiming that Carron’s 1999 Trooper was a “defective product,” that it was “unreasonably dangerous,” and that the defect was the cause of the accident. More simply, Carron and Landeros claim that the Trooper was designed so that, when the rear doors were open, other drivers could not see its rear lights and reflectors. This is why, they claim, Berra didn’t see them and why they lost their legs.

The lawsuit does not state the amount of damages they are asking Isuzu to pay.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products.