The Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed a trial court’s decision to award a couple $13 million in punitive damages in a wrongful death lawsuit against DaimlerChrysler Corp.

The lawsuit said 8-month-old Joshua Flax was riding in the backseat of a 1998 Dodge Caravan in Nashville in 2001 when the vehicle was rear-ended, causing the front passenger seat to collapse and the passenger to strike him, fracturing his skull.