Connie was very depressed. She felt so â??overburdened,â? she decided to end her life by locking he

Connie was very depressed. She felt so “overburdened,†she decided to end her life by locking herself inside the trunk of her 1973 Ford LTD.Fortunately, Connie decided against committing suicide. Unfortunately, not until after she had already closed the trunk. The Ford trunk did not have an internal release latch or other emergency opening mechanism. And these were the days before cell phones. Result? Connie was trapped in her trunk for nine days awaiting rescue.This awful episode caused Connie serious psychological and physical injuries. She sued Ford for damages under negligence and strict liability. According to Connie, Ford was negligent because it had a duty to warn her that there was no latch; and the missing latch was a design defect for which Ford should pay.But whose fault was it? Was Ford’s design defective? Was the car unreasonably dangerous? Or was Connie just unreasonable? Using the five elements necessary for a successful negligence suit, argue for or against a successful outcome against Ford.

 

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