A jury is all set and ready to hear out Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV CEO Sergio Marchionne’s testimony in a suit over a 4-year old boy who died in a burning Jeep. This renewed an inquiry of fuel tanks in older sport-utility vehicles that regulators linked to over 50 deaths.
Lawyers representing the boy’s family are suing Chrysler for wrongful death and plan to play video recording deposition of Marchionne sometime this Wednesday or Thursday. The manufacturer of Jeep, Chrysler, is now named FCA US LLC.
The trial, which began early this week in Georgia, comes after a huge U.S. vehicle recalls last year, and public investigation on faulty ignition switches at General Motors Co., and breakage of Takata Corp. air bags.
Jeep’s case may settle before jurors could hear depositions of Marchionne and other employees from Fiat Chrysler, thought it won’t be likely. Jurors looked briefly into Marchionne’s testimony on vehicle safety standards during the attorney opening statement earlier.
So far, Fiat Chrysler has curbed the scrutiny recall acquired by Takata and GM.