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24 Jun, 2024
A Tennessee couple is suing a Kia after an accident left the man paralyzed due to an alleged defect
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A Tennessee couple is suing a Kia after an accident left the man paralyzed due to an alleged defect

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – A Tennessee couple is suing Kia Motors after the husband was left paralyzed in an accident caused by an alleged defect in the driver’s seat.

Rickey and Dorothea Rye filed a lawsuit against Kia, alleging that Rickey’s spinal cord was injured by a “failure, failure and fall of the driver’s seat backrest,” which left him paralyzed.

The alleged accident occurred on July 16, 2023, when Rickey was driving a 2022 Kia Sorrento and Dorothea was sitting in the front passenger seat. While the pair stopped at a red light at the intersection of North Riverside Drive and College Street, they were rear-ended by another vehicle.

That’s when it was claimed the seatback collapsed, causing Rickey serious injuries.

“The subject vehicle and the vehicle’s driver’s seat are defective and unreasonably dangerous,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit alleges that an allegedly defective seat caused his injuries. The Ryes are claiming that Kia is strictly liable, negligent, violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and more.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial to determine whether Kia should be held liable for Rickey’s injuries, seeking damages in an amount not to exceed $100 million for all injuries and damages.

You can read the entire lawsuit below: