We reported recently about the fiery crash in May of a limousine in California. Recently, family members of the five nurses who died in the fire that took place on a San Francisco Bay Area bridge have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several companies, including those that maintained the limousine and customized it. The lawsuits – filed last month – claim the companies were responsible for design and manufacturing defects with the 1999 Lincoln Town Car that caused the fire. The fire trapped nine women celebrating a friend’s recent wedding, killing five of them. The limousine’s driver survived.
The California Highway Patrol reported that the fire was caused by a catastrophic failure of the rear suspension system. It was reported by authorities involved in the investigation that the air suspension failure allowed the spinning driveshaft to contact the floor pan, causing friction that ignited carpets and set the vehicle on fire. Prosecutors concluded no criminal charges were warranted.
The lawsuit names as defendants: Limo Stop Inc., Ford Motor Co., Bay Area Limousine Repair Inc., Accubuilt Inc., Accubuilt Acquisition Holdings Inc., and DaBryan Coach Builders Inc. (Accubuilt brand, according to the company’s website). Limo Stop operated the limousine, Bay Area Limousine Repair maintained and repaired it, and Accubuilt, Accubuilt Acquisition Holdings and DaBryan customized it, according to the suits.
Source: Claims Journal
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