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Chrysler blamed for defective car window that shattered and cut owner's hand

By Jim Boyle | Aug 15, 2014

A Montgomery County man has filed a personal injury suit in the Philadelphia Court of

Common Pleas against Michigan-based Chrysler Group and a car dealership in Philadelphia for selling him a car with a defective window that unexpectedly shattered and cut his hand.

William Musnoff, of Gilbertsville, Pa., seeks damages in excess of $50,000 on various counts including negligence and breach of warranty. His wife, Christina Tsichlis, also seeks damages for loss of consortium with her husband since his injury.

According to the complaint, Musnoff purchased a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country minivan from Gegnas Chrysler Plymouth in October 2006. On July 21, 2012, Musnoff was packing groceries into the back of the car when he reached up to prevent the tailgate from hitting his head.

When he lifted his hand up, the complaint says, the back window shattered into jagged pieces, lacerating Musnoff's right hand and thumb. The injury required extensive surgical repair to his tendons, the suit says.

The plaintiff says that Chrysler manufactured and shipped the minivan with a defective window that should not have shattered in such a way that created the sharp, jagged edges. The company's failure to test the glass and repair the defect resulted in an injury that has left the plaintiff with numbness, weakness and tenderness in the hand. Musnoff says that he has been unable to attend to his daily routines and occupational duties.

Musnoff and Tsichlis are represented by William Fedullo of Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo.

The case ID number is 140701069.

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