A single mother who was paralyzed in a rollover crash recovered more than $21 million from Ford Motor Co. In 2007, Cynthia Castillo was driving a 1997 Ford Explorer on the interstate in Riverside County when the tread separated on the left rear tire. This caused her to veer off road, roll several times and finally hit a tree. Castillo fractured her spine and was rendered a quadriplegic. She receives 24-hour nursing care that she'll need for the rest of her life. She and her young daughter currently live with Castillo's parents. Castillo claimed that the rear axle and placement of shock absorbers caused it to tramp and skate, which led to a loss of control as the rear tire detreaded. Her counsel claimed internal memos showed Ford was aware of this condition, but they were ignored by Ford management. The jury found Ford 91.5 percent liable, which reduced the $23.4 million award.
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