The Remington Walden lawsuit award of $40 million will stand as the Georgia Supreme Court ruled 9-0 against Fiat Chrysler’s motion to overturn the judgment.
Four-year-old Remington burned to death in 2012 while riding in a booster seat in the back of a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was stopped to make a turn when it was hit from behind by a Dodge Dakota.
The gas tank, located behind the rear axle of the Jeep, leaked fuel and the resulting fire engulfed the Jeep. Witnesses could only watch in horror as Remington burned to death.
Remi’s family says the only injury he suffered in the crash impact was a broken leg, but it was the ruptured fuel tank that caused Remington’s painful and fiery death.
According to the lawsuit, the gas tank of the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee was located behind the rear axle only 11 inches from the back of the vehicle and hanging six inches below the bottom of the SUV.