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State Farm Alleges Brakes Failed During Crash Due to Repair Negligence

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August 21, 2018—An insurance company alleges a customer's vehicle's brakes failed because of the negligence of an auto manufacturer, reported West Virginia Record.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. filed a complaint in Doddridge Circuit Court against Cobb Autosales Inc., doing business as C and C Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Toyota, and FCA US LLC alleging breach of implied warranty of merchantability, negligence and other counts, according to the report.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 24, 2016, its customer Ashley Furbee was driving a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee when its brakes failed and caused her to strike another vehicle. Pursuant to its policy of insurance with the Furbees, the plaintiff incurred damages in the amount of $8,093.38. 

The suit states that in May 2014, the Jeep was subject to a recall to address the failure of vacuum brake boosters and Ashley and Luke Furbee took the vehicle to Cobb for repairs in July 2015. The suit states the damage to the vehicle was caused by the failure and/or malfunction of the vacuum power brake booster, reported West Virginia Record.

The plaintiff seeks in an amount of $8,093.38 exclusive of costs and interest. It is represented by Christopher P. Deegan of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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