Thousands had faulty brakes - Volvo model 850

French court finds Volvo guilty - again

A French court has found Swedish car maker Volvo guilty of causing a traffic accident that took two children’s lives in 1999. The Colmar court of appeal concluded that the vehicle’s faulty brake system had been the chief cause of the driver’s losing control.

Going too fast around a corner, the car had run up on the sidewalk and hit three small children, two of whom died of their injuries. Even though the Volvo company admitted faulty manufacturing and subsequently called back 19,000 cars of the 850 model production line, company lawyers in a first trial blamed the woman driver for the accident. They then appealed against the verdict that held Volvo partly responsible. But the Colmar judges upheld the first verdict and the fine of 280,000 dollars against the company.

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