Walden v. Chrysler Trial

The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.


On March 6, 2012, four year old Remington Cole Walden was killed despite riding in a child booster seat to protect him when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by his aunt was struck from behind and engulfed in flames.



Plaintiff’s Response to Chrysler Motion for New Trial – 6/8/15

Butler Wooten Press Release on Verdict – 4/3/15

Walden Order – OSI’s

Walden Order – NHTSA

Video Coverage from CVN

Walden v. Chrysler Complaint

Emails Between NHTSA Administrator David Strickland and Chrysler re: Marchionne Meeting – 4/2/15
Additional NHTSA Emails Related to Jeep Investigation and Recall

Paul Sheridan Letter to Fiat SpA Chairman John Elkann re Walden – 3/15/13

Chrysler Tells NHTSA 44 Lawsuits Filed over Jeep Rear Impact Fuel Fed Fire Crashes – 12/13/12

Full Text of Chrysler Response to NHTSA Information Request – 12/13/12

Cousino Deposition

Estes Deposition

Teets Deposition

1999 Grand Cherokee Crash Test Fuel Tank With Cage

Request to Depose Former NHTSA Administrator David Strickland – 1/27/15

NHTSA Denial of Requst to Depose Strickland – 3/3/15

Affidavit of Norma F. Hubele., Ph.D. – 12/19/2014

Plaintiff’s Daubert Motion – Taylor – 12/23/14

Plaintiff’s Daubert Motion – Marais – 12/23/14

Affidavit of Norma F. Hubele., Ph.D. – 1/16/2015

Plaintiff’s Daubert Reply – Taylor – 2/18/15

Plaintiff’s Daubert Reply – Marais – 2/18/15

Order Granting Plaintiff’s Rule 702 Motion – 3/12/15


Chrysler hit with $150 million verdict in Grand Cherokee fire death – 4/3/15

Jury orders Chrysler to pay $150M in Jeep fire death – 4/3/15

Jury awards $150 million in Jeep fire death – 4/3/15

FCA trial over child’s fiery death expected to renew recall push – 3/24/15

Fiat Chrysler CEO Defends Jeep Safety [Includes Marchionne Deposition] – 3/25/15

Fiat Chrysler CEO Disagrees With Plaintiff’s Lawyer on Regulator Meeting – 3/25/15