Ford Motor Co. v. Ridgway – Case Brief Summary (Texas)

In Ford Motor Co. v. Ridgway, 135 S.W.3d 598, 47 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 266 (Tex. 2004), the supreme court found that circumstantial evidence of the source of a vehicle fire provided no evidence of a manufacturing defect. Id.

But the court's determination centered on facts not present here: the truck had been driven 54,000 miles by previous owners who had modified and repaired the truck, the plaintiff testified only that a fire occurred, and the expert testified that he suspected the electrical system was to blame and could not rule out the fuel system as a cause. Id.