NEW YORK (Kyodo) Relatives of a California police officer and three family members killed in a crash last August of their Toyota Motor Corp. Lexus ES350 loaner filed a damages suit against the carmaker Tuesday, The Los Angeles Times reported in its electronic edition.
Off-duty California Highway Patrol officer John Saylor and his wife, daughter and brother-in-law died as the car crashed after taking off at full throttle with the accelerator pedal stuck.
The officer’s emergency call for help was broadcast frequently on television, attracting attention to Toyota cars’ safety problems.
After the crash, Toyota recalled millions of cars to replace floor mats that it said could cause the accelerator to jam.
The relatives brought the suit to the San Diego County Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages, the newspaper said.
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