An automobile equipped with a T-top rolled over and the a-pillar collapsed, resulting in the detachment of one of the bayonet rods holding the T-top.


The T-top then impacted with the neck of the woman driving the vehicle, causing an injury to the fifth cervical vertebrae. The claim was settled for a substantial sum after three weeks of trial. The roof was defective in that the a-pillar was not made of sufficiently strong material to prevent collapse in the event of a rollover and the T-top was not properly designed since it should not have become disattached.