A Philadelphia jury yesterday returned a verdict against DaimlerChrysler Corp. for nearly $60 million in compensatory damages because it sold 80,000 cars to Pennsylvania motorists between 1988 and 1990 with airbags that, when deployed, could severely burn the hands and wrists of the driver.

The award means $730 for each of the class members who have the defective airbags and represents the cost of replacing the safety devices, said attorney Martin D’Urso of Kohn Swift & Graf, who tried the case along with Isaac Green of Moody & Anderson and Joe Kohn.