Omaha woman awarded $6.5 million for air bag failure in crash

Oct 19, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A jury has awarded an Omaha woman $6.5 million after she was injured in a 2007 crash in which she argued her car's air bag didn't fully deploy.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the Douglas County jury made the award Friday to 70-year-old Katherine Sprague.

She suffered severe injuries in the crash and still has difficulty walking.

Sprague's attorneys argued her injuries were more severe because the air bag in her Lexus ES330 didn't fully inflate.

Toyota attorneys argued how Sprague sat and the way her seat belt was draped over her body contributed to her injuries.

The $6.5 million award was for past and future medical bills, care Sprague may need and for pain and suffering.

Toyota attorneys couldn't be reached for comment, but the company will likely appeal.

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