POLSON — A Lake County jury ruled Tuesday that a manufacturing defect in a Hyundai vehicle caused a fatal crash that killed two Missoula cousins in 2011.
Jurors on Tuesday awarded $1 million to each parent and $500,000 for a sibling of Trevor Olson, who was driving, and his younger cousin, Tanner Olson.
Jurors found that Trevor Olson did not die instantly and compensated his estate $2.6 million for lost earnings. They said Tanner Olson died instantly in the head-on crash on U.S. 93 between Arlee and Ravalli.
Hyundai attorney Kevin Young said 127 claims out of millions of cars sold did not indicate a manufacturing problem.
The family claimed that a faulty steering knuckle in the vehicle had caused Trevor Olson's car to veer into the oncoming lane.