A federal jury Tuesday found "no cause of action" in a $7.5 million product liability suit involving a Honda all-terrain vehicle accident that left a Price man permanently paralyzed.
The verdict is in favor of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Honda Research and Development Ltd., Honda Research of America and American Honda Motor Co. Inc.The jury had begun deliberating Friday, took the weekend off and then returned this week. They reached a verdict Tuesday morning.
In a trial before U.S. District Judge David Winder, plaintiff Jamie Edward Hartzell contended that he was riding a Honda ATC Model 4 Trax 250 on March 22, 1985, when the vehicle failed to negotiate a turn and plunged into a ravine.
The Honda companies countered that the four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle is not unreasonably dangerous or defective. The Honda companies said the accident resulted from Hartzell's negligence, road conditions or a combination of the two factors.
A consent decree last April in a U.S. Justice Department suit against four ATV manufacturers, including Honda, halted sales of the three-wheel ATVs in the United States, but the four-wheel vehicles are still sold.