Apparently that is not a viable defense if you happen to be the manufacturer.That’s a combination of 3 safety rules being ignored.
Without operator responsibility being a factor in the equation - there is no way anyone could produce a "safe" tractor.
Given all the variables a tractor can be configured for and the even wider range of variables for the operating environment there is no way to make something completely safe.
To hold a manufacturer liable for the operators wanton disregard of the basic safety rules is ridiculous.
I am hoping that for the sake of all manufacturers as well as consumers, this verdict gets reversed.