Family of Southlake Crash Victim Sues Toyota

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    The family of one of four people killed in a Toyota crash in Southlake is suing the Japanese carmaker.

    The family of 56-year-old Sharon Ransom of Grapevine filed the lawsuit Thursday in Dallas, accusing Toyota of a design defect in the 2008 Toyota Avalon that plunged into a Southlake pond on Dec. 26.

    Floor Mats Ruled Out in Fatal Southlake Crash: Police

    [DFW] Floor Mats Ruled Out in Fatal Southlake Crash: Police
    Recalled Toyota floor mats had nothing to do with a car crash that killed four people in Southlake the day after Christmas, police say. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010)

    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the lawsuit is at least the third filed against Toyota in Texas recently over fatal accidents, allegedly caused by sudden and uncontrollable acceleration. Toyota recently recalled more than 8 million vehicles including 2005-10 Avalon models. The recall was to address concerns over floor mat and gas pedal problems that could potentially cause the dangerous acceleration.

    A Toyota spokesman declined to comment Friday.

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