A Texas wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Toyota by the family of a woman killed in a car accident in December. The victim, 56-year-old Sharon Ransom, was riding in a car that plunged into an icy pond in a residential neighborhood.
According to the Texas wrongful death lawsuit, a malfunctioning accelerator in the Toyota Avalon was the cause of the car accident.
The accelerator malfunctioned, the suit alleges, causing the car to speed out of control and ultimately crash through a fence, bounce off a tree and flip into a private pond in Southlake, Texas.
According to accident reports, the car failed to stop at a T-intersection and was estimated to be traveling at a speed of 47 mph when it became airborne and landed in the pond.
According to Linda Hardy, the wife of Monty Hardy, the driver of the Avalon, the couple had taken the vehicle to a Grapevine, Texas, dealership on several occasions with complaints of unwanted acceleration. Hardy says they were told that there was nothing wrong with their vehicle.
The 2005 – 2010 model Avalons are the among the millions of vehicles that have been recalled by Toyota due to gas pedal and floor mat problems that lead to unwanted sudden acceleration.
On December 26, 2009, Ransom was one of four individuals in the Toyota Avalon that crashed into a pond. All three other individuals in the vehicle died as well.
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