Family of Southlake Crash Victim Sues Toyota

Saturday, Feb 20, 2010  |  Updated 1:30 PM CDT
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Floor Mats Ruled Out in Fatal Southlake Crash: Police

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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.
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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.

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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