Fiat Chrysler Asks for New Trial After $40M Jeep Fire Award

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -

Fiat Chrysler is asking Georgia’s highest court for a new trial after the family of a child who died in a Jeep fire was awarded $40 million.

If the Georgia Supreme Court isn’t willing to go that far, Fiat Chrysler is asking for the award to be reduced.

Remington “Remi” Walden died in 2012 after the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was riding in was hit from behind and burst into flames. The boy’s parents argued that the company’s rear-mounted fuel tank design showed reckless disregard for human life.

A jury in 2015 awarded the family $150 million, which a judge reduced to $40 million.

The Georgia Court of Appeals upheld the verdict. Fiat Chrysler appealed to the state Supreme Court, which heard arguments on Tuesday.