In Casey v. Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., No. 13-11119 (5th Cir. Oct. 20, 2014), the Fifth Circuit addressed an appeal by plaintiff of a jury verdict for defendant in a case alleging that plaintiff’s decedent died as a result of a defect in the airbag in her car.  The Fifth Circuit held that plaintiff successfully adduced evidence that the airbag was supposed to remain inflated for five seconds but deflated after two seconds.  The court held, however, that plaintiff failed to establish a design defect because he failed to present evidence that a safer alternative design existed.  Although plaintiff had adduced some evidence of an alternative design, he failed to provide evidence that the alternative design would satisfy a risk-utility analysis and that the design was technologically and economically feasible.  As a result of the plaintiff’s failure of proof, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the jury verdict for defendant.