DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A North Texas jury has awarded more than $242 million to a Dallas-area family who sued Toyota over what they said were defective front seats in their Lexus sedan.
Benjamin and Kristi Reavis alleged defects caused their front seat backs in a September 2016 rear-end collision to collapse on their two young children seated in child safety seats in the back.READ MORE: Cecile Richards: Supreme Court's Inaction On Texas Abortion Law Could Mean End Of Roe
Their attorney said the 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son suffered severe head trauma and other injuries.
The Reavises’ attorney, Frank Branson, said Toyota consciously chose to protect front-seat occupants from crash injuries such as whiplash at the expense of rear-seat passengers.READ MORE: 'Kids Aren't That Careful At School': Teen Twins Get Vaccinated At Fair Park
The Dallas County jury determined Friday that the seats were unreasonably dangerous and Toyota failed to warn of those dangers.
Toyota, which has its North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.MORE NEWS: Amber Alert Issued For 12-Year-Old Girl Out Of Converse, Texas
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