AUSTIN, Texas — Drivers will pay a record $2,4 million to a group of road repair companies in a lawsuit over the use of defective brake pads on a Texas highway.
The suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Austin, seeks reimbursement from five companies and a $2 million judgment from the state, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The Texas Department of Transportation is not named in the lawsuit.
The state said the plaintiffs failed to warn of the risks of using defective brake pad components.
The lawsuits allege the brake pads were used to fix a problem on Interstate 45 near Amarillo in October 2013, but the state later found that no problems had occurred.
The lawsuit says the defective brake plates were installed on about 2,000 vehicles and that about 40 percent of the vehicles had the defective pads on the outside of their brake pads.
The state has not said how many of the affected vehicles were affected.
The companies are named in a suit filed by the Texas Department in 2012, alleging that the defective brakes caused delays on I-45 from Amarillo to New Braunfels.
The department was ordered to pay the plaintiffs more than $1 million.