HOUSTON — A Houston couple is suing Honda, alleging a negligent design of seat belts led to injuries for the plaintiffs. 

Kwei-lien Koo and Yung-hsen Koo filed a lawsuit Aug. 11 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and Honda Motor Company, Ltd., alleging that automaker negligently designed, manufactured, assembled and tested the vehicle.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 27, 2015, Kwei-lien Koo and Yung-hsen Koo were riding in a 2013 Honda CR-V southbound on U.S. Interstate Highway 59 in Fort Bend County when another vehicle traveling in the same direction lost control and struck the roof of their Honda. The suit says both sustained serious injuries when the Honda failed to protect them because the seat belts violated several crash-worthiness principles and the roof structure was unsound.

The lawsuit states the Koos suffered disfigurement, pain and suffering, medical expenses and a reduced ability to enjoy life. 

The plaintiffs allege Honda failed to provide proper restraints throughout the entire accident, failed to prevent ejection, failed to distribute and channel energy and failed to prevent post-crash fires.

The Koos seek trial by jury, actual damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs of suit and all other relief to which they are entitled. They are represented by attorneys E. Todd Tracy, Stewart D. Matthews and Andrew G. Counts of The Tracy Law Firm in Dallas.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 4:16-cv-2452

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