Thursday, January 31, 2008

VOLVO CARS GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER !

Swedish carmaker Volvo has been found guilty of manslaughter after a French court ruled that faulty brakes were to blame for a fatal car crash in France. The driver, Catherine Kohtz, lost control of her Volvo 850 TDI vehicle and killed two children in 1999. Ms Kohtz received a six-month suspended jail term, a 300-euro ($446; £224) fine. Her licence was also suspended for a year.

Volvo was fined 200,000 euros, though it has denied the car was faulty. The accident occurred in June 1999, in the eastern French town of Wasselonne. "This is a tragic incident for everyone involved," a company spokesman said. "There was no problem with the brakes."

Volvo's lawyers rejected that the accident was the result of a mechanical defect and are expected to appeal the ruling. The car manufacturer, based in Gothenburg, is owned by US car giant Ford, which bought it in 1999.
BBC NEWS REPORT.

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