Vegas Widow & Her Accident Lawyer: Toyota’s Faulty Floor Mat Caused Fatal Crash
Car accidents can be caused by anything. Texting while driving, intoxication, shaving…and the list goes on. But it’s not always the driver’s fault. What about when fault lies with the car’s manufacturer?
Such is the contention of a Las Vegas widow who is filing suit against car manufacturer Toyota. Ken Ritter of the Associated Press reports:
The widow of a Nevada delivery driver killed in the crash of a company pickup truck last year said Monday she’s suing Toyota Motor Corp., alleging that a floor mat wedged against the gas pedal caused the crash.
Kim Levine and her attorney, Gerald Gillock, told reporters they’re seeking unspecified damages for Levine and her two sons, ages 13 and 6, in the crash of a 2010 Toyota Tacoma that killed 55-year-old Jeffrey Mark Levine on Dec. 17.
Levine is seeking an unspecified amount of compensation for the emotional trauma and economic loss suffered by her family in the wake of her husband’s death. She is citing strain caused by suddenly becoming a single parent — to her two boys, aged thirteen and six — and the head of a one-income household.
Levine’s accident lawyer, Gerald Gillock, has stated that a factory recall was already ongoing in Europe at the time of the fatal car accident — a recall focused on floor mats and gas pedals. He also asserts that Toyota delayed extending that recall to the US in 2009.
Dylan Scott, reporter for The Las Vegas Sun, brings us some more details:
Levine said Jeffrey had the truck serviced Nov. 16, a month before his death, at Findlay Toyota. The lawsuit alleges the dealership was aware of the possible risk and the recall in Europe, and inspected the floor mat and gas pedal but made no mention of the problem to Jeffrey.
The recall reached the U.S. about a month after Jeffrey’s death and named 2005-2010 Toyota Tacomas. Toyota President Akio Toyoda apologized to Congress in February for the deadly defects, which have been tied to 38 lawsuits against the company.
For more information on this lawsuit, check out the actual complaint filed against Toyota (PDF download) courtesy of The Las Vegas Sun.