Driver Wins $15.7 Million for Dangerous Rental Car

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    f you haven’t had a bad experience with a car mechanic, you probably don’t own a car. But did you ever wonder who repairs rental cars?

    One Philadelphia driver found out the painful way.

    A jury ordered a Toyota dealer to pay $15.7 million to Noreen Lewis and her passengers who were all injured after Lewis’ rental car got into an accident.

    Lewis rented a vehicle in 2008 from PhillyCarShare to drive to New York to see her daughter perform in a school play. Instead, she apparently lost control of the 2006 Toyota Sienna and it skidded across the highway and rolled down a steep ravine.

    Lewis sued Central City Toyota, a dealer that had a contract with the car-sharing company to repair its fleet of vehicles, alleging that shoddy maintenance caused the accident. A ball joint in the minivan had snapped and caused it to spin out of control.

    The Toyota dealer argued the accident was Lewis’ fault because she was driving too fast in wet weather and the car hydroplaned.

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