POLSON, Mont. — A Montana jury has ordered Hyundai to pay $240 million in punitive damages after finding that a manufacturing defect in a Hyundai vehicle caused a crash that killed two Missoula cousins in July 2011.
The award handed down late Tuesday was on top of $8.6 million in actual damages and lost earnings the jury awarded to the families of Trevor Olson, 19, and Tanner Olson, 14. The cousins died when their 2005 Hyundai Tiburon slammed head-on into another car in 2011.
ontana has a $10 million cap on punitive damages, but that’s being challenged after a District Court judge in Butte ruled it wasn’t high enough to deter future wrongdoing by companies.