Motorist injured when brakes failed sues Pep Boys

By Jon Campisi | Jul 16, 2013

A motorist is suing the auto service retailer Pep Boys over injuries he allegedly sustained

after crashing his vehicle, an incident the plaintiff blames on a faulty break line that the defendant failed to detect during a vehicle inspection.

Attorney Marshall D. Bleefeld, of the Jenkintown, Pa. firm of Rosen, Moss, Snyder & Bleefeld, filed suit July 12 on behalf of Hillsborough, N.J. resident John Turner, who blames a Philadelphia Pep Boys store for the injuries he sustained as a result of a June 12, 2011, accident that was caused by brake failure.

The complaint states that on June 3 of that year, Turner had taken his 1997 Jeep Wrangler to be serviced by the defendant, during which employees working for the company performed a brake system inspection.

Nine days later, while driving his Jeep, the vehicle’s right front brake line failed, causing a violent crash in which the vehicle struck a wall and another vehicle, the suit states.

The vehicle was inspected following the incident, at which time it was determined that the brakes had failed at the time of the collision and that the failure was due to a defective break line, according to the complaint.

The plaintiff accuses Pep Boys of negligently, carelessly and/or recklessly performing work on the Jeep by failing to properly inspect, diagnose, repair and/or replace the faulty front brake line of the Jeep Wrangler and subsequently returning the vehicle to its owner in a defective condition and/or in a state of disrepair.

As a result of the accident, Turner sustained tendon tears in his leg that required ligament reconstruction surgery, ankle injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, disc herniations and bulges, sprains and strains, head and hip injuries, and a host of other physical problems.

Turner claims he has had to expend various sums of money on medical attention and that he will likely incur additional medical expenses into the foreseeable future.

Turner also claims he has suffered earnings losses as a result of the incident, as well as mental anguish, embarrassment and humiliation.

The suit contains counts of both property damage and negligence.

The plaintiff seeks more than $75,000 in compensatory damages, in addition to interest and costs.


The federal case number is 2:13-cv-04064-MAM. 

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