Monty and Linda Hardy had taken their 2008 Toyota Avalon to a Grapevine dealership “several times” with complaints about uncommanded acceleration but were told there was nothing wrong, their attorney says.
On the day after Christmas, Monty Hardy was driving the Toyota in Southlake when it sped through a T-intersection, barreled through a steel fence, struck a tree and landed upside down in an icy pond. He and all three passengers in the car were killed.
The family of one of the passengers, Sharon Ransom of Grapevine, filed suit last week in Dallas, accusing Toyota of a design defect in the car.
At least six deaths have occurred since early November in Texas accidents that, lawsuits say, were caused when Toyotas suddenly accelerated and the driver lost control. And more than 100 Texas drivers in recent years have reported their Toyotas unexpectedly accelerating.
Randy Roberts of Tyler, the lawyer for Linda Hardy, the widow of the driver in the Southlake crash, said his client had taken the vehicle to Texas Toyota of Grapevine “several times” because of acceleration problems.
“Sometimes she started to apply the accelerator and the car took off more than you would think it should,” Roberts said. “There were times she felt like she didn’t have sufficient control.”
The dealership hooked the car to its diagnostic computer but found no problems. Roberts said the computer can identify only problems that it is programmed to look for.
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