Our clients were the parents of a twelve-year-old boy. The young man entered the trunk his parent’s rental car through a fold-down rear seat. The rear-seat re-latched trapping the young man in the vehicle’s trunk on a hot Oklahoma day in August. The vehicle did not contain an internal trunk release resulting in our clients’ son suffering terminal hyperthermia. Presently all newly manufactured vehicles are required to possess an internal trunk release.


This case settled prior to trial for a confidential amount.