10 months after she was found dead in her Boca Raton townhome, the family of 29 year old Chasity Glisson has filed a wrongful death suit against car giant, Toyota.
The 27-page lawsuit filed Tuesday afternoon alleges Toyota did not properly design its keyless ignition cars, putting consumers in danger of possible keyless car risks.
Chasity Glisson's mother, Kimberly Nickles and Glisson's former boyfriend, Tim Maddock are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
Last August, Glisson and her boyfriend, Maddock were found on the third floor of her townhome. Glisson was dead, Maddock was found clinging to life.
An investigation revealed the couple had been poisoned by carbon monoxide after Glisson, accidentally, left her keyless Lexus running in the garage.
"We believe there should be some type of safety features that prevent something like this from happening," said Attorney Eric Rosen, who is representing both Maddock and Nickels in the lawsuit.
"There may be personal responsibility here for people but that responsibility shouldn't result in someone's death," he said.
Last month the Contact 5 Investigators exposed the potential dangers of keyless ignition systems. The technology allows drivers to start and stop their car with just the push of a button. But since 2005, several consumers have complained to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration about the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning after, inadvertently, leaving their own cars running.
Keyless car ignition systems have also been blamed for several deaths nationwide. This latest lawsuit against Toyota is, at least, the second known lawsuit against the car giant over keyless ignitions systems.
Also named in the lawsuit is Marbella Premium Apartments, where Glisson and Maddock were found. The apartment complex is being sued over its ventilation system.
A spokeswoman from the apartment company tells the Contact 5 Investigators they will cooperate fully with any investigation and their hearts go out to the families involved in this tragedy.
A spokesman with Toyota refused to comment on the lawsuit, stating company representatives have not seen it yet.
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