Husband Sues Toyota After Wife Dies in Crash

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 1:20pm PST

The family of a Houston woman who died after crashing into a cement wall has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota.

The husband of Trina Renee Harris, 34, filed his lawsuit against Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A, gas pedal maker CTS Corp., and Fred Haas Toyota World, the dealership that leased Harris the 2009 Corolla.

The lawsuit describes how Harris died on impact after being unable to stop her car. An investigation found no skid marks on the street where the accident occurred, indicating the brakes in Harris’ vehicle were likely defective.

In November, Toyota recalled nearly 3.8 million vehicles due to problems with the floor mats and the accelerator, and then last month announced it would be recalling another 2.8 million vehicles to fix a mechanical problem with the cars’ accelerator. The 2009 Corolla was included in that recall.

Harris’ husband, Michael Harris, said he remembers his wife telling him that the car’s accelerator would sometimes move on its own. Harris is seeking $200 million in actual and punitive damages for what he believes is gross negligence on the part of Toyota.

“I want those who were negligent to be held responsible. This problem was there before Dec. 18 when she died,” said Harris. “I'm extremely angry for my children. She won't be there for the prom. When they get married, she won't be there.”

It is believed Harris’ suit is the third wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota prompted by the acceleration problem.

A spokesperson for Toyota said the company does not comment on pending litigation, and a manager at Fred Haas Toyota World said they haven’t seen the lawsuit yet. CTS Corp has not made any comments.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed due to a defect with a Toyota or Lexus vehicle, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. The attorneys at Lanier Law Group, P.A. have extensive experience in this area of law, and can provide you with the skilled and resourceful representation needed to pursue a product liability and/or wrongful death lawsuit against the appropriate parties.

To schedule a free consultation with a North Carolina personal injury lawyer at Lanier Law Group, P.A., contact the office today by calling 855.234.7619!

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