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Fresno teenager Shaela Warkentin's lawsuit attacks Ford Mustang design
Fresno Bee ^ | 5 March 2012 | Tim Sheehan

Posted on 03/07/2012 8:56:41 AM PST by smokingfrog

Allegations of faulty car design are at the center of a lawsuit by an injured Fresno teen against Ford Motor Co.

Shaela Warkentin, 16, suffered serious head and facial injuries a year ago when the 2000 Ford Mustang she was riding in was rear-ended by a pickup. Shaela's head was pinned against the rear edge of the car's roof, and rescuers had to cut the roof from the car to free her. The injuries cost the girl her eyesight and left her hospitalized for weeks.

Fresno attorney Warren Paboojian filed the suit Friday on behalf of Shaela and her sister, Karissa Warkentin, now 21, who was driving the Mustang when it was hit. Shaela was riding in the back seat behind her sister.

Ford products have been the target of defect lawsuits before, but Shaela's may be the first aimed at the Mustang's rear window.

In addition to Ford, the suit names the driver of the pickup, Douglas Lindsey, 68, for negligence in the March 8 crash at a stoplight at Barstow and Maroa avenues in northwest Fresno. Lindsey was arrested in the wake of the crash for driving under the influence of the painkiller Vicodin.

The suit alleges that the design of the 2000 Ford Mustang put back-seat passengers at risk in rear-end collisions because of inadequate crush protection, too little space between the rear window and the head of a back-seat passenger, a lack of advanced ejection-resistant glass in the rear window and the lack of headrests for rear-seat passengers.

(Excerpt) Read more at fresnobee.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: accident; douglaslindsey; ford; impaireddriving; lawsuit; payday; shaelawarkentin; triallawyers
Maybe her sister should have bought a convertible...
1 posted on 03/07/2012 8:56:47 AM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Fresno attorney Warren Paboojian filed the suit Friday on behalf of Shaela and her sister, Karissa Warkentin, now 21, who was driving the Mustang when it was hit. Shaela was riding in the back seat behind her sister.

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This is what I hate about modern cars. I call them slopers.

They all have terrible headroom due to the fact the roofline slopes sharply downward. And add in the fact they have high beltlines, huge D-pillars, narrow sharply raked back windows, and so on...

You have ugly dangerous cars that are hard to see out of. And apprarently dangerous in a crash.


2 posted on 03/07/2012 9:03:27 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd
Reading more of the article.
 
A 2000 Ford Mustang.
 
 class=rg_hi
 
 
 
Verses what a new mustange looks like now.
 
 
 
While I agree the new Mustang is a thousand percent better than the old one, I do not like the sloper look.


3 posted on 03/07/2012 9:08:29 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

It would be interesting to know how fast the guy that hit her from behind was going. You can’t design for every contingency.


4 posted on 03/07/2012 9:12:05 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
Another "Deep Pockets" lawsuit.

The driver of the pick up caused the injures NOT Ford and of course he does not have enough insurance to make it worthwhile for the lawyers.

5 posted on 03/07/2012 9:13:34 AM PST by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: smokingfrog

She would not want me on the jury. Now, the driver of the car that hit her would, of course, be responsible.

The only way she would win if I were on the jury is if it could be proved that this was a known design defect and there is a corporate email trail to prove it, but they did nothing about it.

But the bottom line is that some cars are more dangerous than others in a crash, and for different reasons. That’s why accidents should be avoided. And when someone hits you, they are the one you sue.


6 posted on 03/07/2012 9:16:41 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"I call them slopers."

LOL! I like it. If memory serves, when the design was first introduced in the 1960s, wasn't it billed as the "fastback"?
7 posted on 03/07/2012 9:17:05 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: TYVets
The driver of the pick up caused the injures NOT Ford and of course he does not have enough insurance to make it worthwhile for the lawyers.

BINGO!!! This has nothing to do with the design or safety of the car and EVERYTHING to do with lining the ambulance chasing scumbag lawyer's pockets.

He is hoping that Ford will 'settle' without admitting fault but still paying an exorbitant EXTORTION amount rather than be seen as the big mean corporation fighting the poor little injured blind girl...........

8 posted on 03/07/2012 9:17:46 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: smokingfrog

She doesn’t need a good lawyer, she just needs a good jury. “She’s blind! Somebody has to help her out, and Ford has the money!” And everybody else picks up the tab.


9 posted on 03/07/2012 9:22:52 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: smokingfrog

For reference.

10 posted on 03/07/2012 9:24:01 AM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: commish
Those Amish lawyers will try anything.
11 posted on 03/07/2012 9:25:30 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: smokingfrog
Did they mention that the guy who rear ended them was responsible? My goodness, what is wrong with people and journalists nowadays?

The back seat on a Mustang is very tight. I've owned a 1999 Fox Platform Mustang (Cobra) like the one in the story and I now own a 2011. The difference in design and comfort is amazing. The new Boss 302 Mustang even has a rear seat delete option because the people who buy one don't use it as a Minivan.

The rear seat in both models is small. If people want a roomy back seat, buy a Buick.

12 posted on 03/07/2012 9:28:33 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (New Tagline under construction, please watch your step.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
...I do not like the sloper look.

I do. The fastback is classic American muscle contour.

13 posted on 03/07/2012 9:29:23 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Responsibility2nd
That's exactly why I am a truck man. I drive my wife's Buick and I cant see out the side windows very well, I bump my head getting in every time, and the short door openings are hard to get my legs and feet in and out.

Having said all that, I have to be honest, I am looking at Mustang convertibles. I told my wife I am going to try one on, and if it fits, great, and if it doesn't, then no deal. If it ain't comfortable and fun to drive, I don't want it.

14 posted on 03/07/2012 9:29:23 AM PST by rightly_dividing (You cannot put a gun rack in a Volt !)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Ford is re-designing the 2015 Mustang to incorporate more safety features. Note the difference between the hardtop and the convertible:


15 posted on 03/07/2012 9:32:58 AM PST by moovova (Is Fluke REALLY pronounced Fluck?)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

Just Wow.

That truck looks like it was OK to drive back home. A new grill - some headlights - it’s good to go.

That Mustang doesn’t look too bad either. (When you factor in they cut the roof off AFTER the wreck).

But then, I bet the damage is far worse on the other side of that picture.


16 posted on 03/07/2012 9:35:10 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

Hm, I know which one I would feel more comfortable letting my kids drive one day.


17 posted on 03/07/2012 9:37:51 AM PST by ReagansShinyHair
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To: rightly_dividing
I am looking at Mustang convertibles.

Get one...it's downright medicinal...much better than drugs. It's also the ultimate middle-finger to those Prius and Fiat drivers.

We bought a new 2006 GT convertible...and ain't looked back. (While I would love to trade it in on a new Shelby GT convertible, $60K is a bit steep.)

18 posted on 03/07/2012 9:38:49 AM PST by moovova (Is Fluke REALLY pronounced Fluck?)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

The pickup doesn’t look too bad at all, and obviously did not hit square-on.

Had she been sitting in the front or the other side of the back seat, she might be okay.


19 posted on 03/07/2012 9:39:08 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: rightly_dividing

Test dive a Mustang Convertible.

Try backing it up in a crowded parking lot. With the top up and with it down.

Either way - the view is obstructed and you have to trust your mirrors. But that is true with most all new cars.

Hope you find that you like it.


20 posted on 03/07/2012 9:40:11 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: All
Annnd...


21 posted on 03/07/2012 9:44:15 AM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: moovova

How ‘bout a new ‘07 GT500 Conv for $43,500

http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/2887492477.html


22 posted on 03/07/2012 9:44:16 AM PST by rightly_dividing (You cannot put a gun rack in a Volt !)
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To: PowderMonkey
LOL! I like it. If memory serves, when the design was first introduced in the 1960s, wasn't it billed as the "fastback"?

Yep, there were various names. Fastback, Sportsroof, 2+2 - all pretty much the same thing. The '79-'93 Mustangs carried the same basic shape in the Hatchback models, too.

23 posted on 03/07/2012 9:45:30 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

I don’t know. Look at the skid marks. Looks like the rear end of the Mustang came around while skidding.


24 posted on 03/07/2012 9:47:22 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

See post 16. I thought so.

I’m surprised the poor girl was not outright killed.

And yet - looking back at that truck and how it appears hardly damaged.....

Just another reminder of what is safer these days.


25 posted on 03/07/2012 9:48:17 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

More than likely, I won’t be comfortable in it. I am going this afternoon or tomorrow for a test drive.


26 posted on 03/07/2012 9:58:48 AM PST by rightly_dividing (You cannot put a gun rack in a Volt !)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hate to disagree with you but I will. :-)

I own a 2002 Mustang convertible and have no problems backing up with the top up or down. Down does provide a better all around view when backing, but the back window is large enough to see where you’re going.


27 posted on 03/07/2012 10:13:53 AM PST by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: smokingfrog
Should be called the 2000 Ford "Mustang"



as opposed to this 1968 Mustang:



or this 2007 Mustang:


28 posted on 03/07/2012 10:26:21 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Jack Burton007; rightly_dividing
I had a '97 Mustang Convertable.
 
And like the 2002
 
 
When the top was up... You had a terrible time looking to see what was coming - from the side - when backing up.
 
But that is true with all rag tops.

29 posted on 03/07/2012 10:29:13 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: TYVets

my sentiments exactly. Even though I don’t care for the lopeback ( how do you crawl back there to clean the inside? Ford has passed the standard battery of safety testing by industry standards.


30 posted on 03/07/2012 10:39:28 AM PST by SueRae (Tale of 2 Towers - First, Isengaard (GOP-e), then, the Tower of Sauron on 11.06.2012)
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To: Charles Martel

and 49&50 chevy and olds was called torpedo.


31 posted on 03/07/2012 10:43:04 AM PST by old gringo
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To: All; smokingfrog
Funny how this goes. It's been a year since the accident. In May when she was getting out of the hospital she understood the responsible party was the driver under the influence.

I guess insurance payout wasn't "enough" and the at-fault driver wasn't wealthy.

Now she's "seeing" dollar signs in the form of free money from Ford. She just needs a jury and to buy a couple "experts" and she's golden. Unfortunately, the way it works, it doesn't matter how little responsibility the jury could assign Ford.

It's a sham and she should thank Ford engineers, the NTSB, her doctors and God that she only lost her sight. She's not of legal age so someone is clearly influencing her here.

32 posted on 03/07/2012 10:57:43 AM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: Responsibility2nd
While I agree the new Mustang is a thousand percent better than the old one, I do not like the sloper look

Aerodynamics

Ford has to meet that federal CAFE standard, doncha know.

33 posted on 03/07/2012 11:42:29 AM PST by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: smokingfrog

a couple of interesting comments at the bee

.... So Ford is supposed to pay because something bad happened in one of their cars? Well I know people that got pregnant in the back seat of Fords maybe they should sue for child support after all Ford should have known it could happen.....

....So if a meth-head breaks into my house and steals a bunch of stuff - and I don’t have adequate insurance to cover it - I get to sue my builder?.....


34 posted on 03/07/2012 12:01:52 PM PST by rolling_stone
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To: Responsibility2nd

“But that is true with all rag tops.”

So are you saying that all people who wear turbans can’t see behind them and back up very well?

;-D


35 posted on 03/08/2012 10:06:16 AM PST by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: smokingfrog
Could have been worse, she could have been driving a Ford Pinto:


36 posted on 03/08/2012 10:08:14 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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