Dallas couple seeking $1 million from body shop that glued their car roof

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A seriously injured Dallas couple is seeking more than $1 million from a body shop that did shoddy work on their Honda, according to a lawsuit.

Matthew Seebachan, 33, and his wife Marcia were nearly killed on Dec. 21, 2013, when their 2010 Honda Fit was struck by another car on US 281 in Burnet County, according to court documents filed in Dallas County District Court.

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When the couple had purchased the car, the CarFax report did not reflect work done on its roof by the John Eagle Collision Center.

The roof of the car was repaired with glue instead of being welded, said body shop director John Boyce in a deposition. The car’s previous owner had taken it to John Eagle in July 2012 to get its roof repaired following a hail storm. 

Because the shop did not repair the car properly, the fuel tank and structural integrity of the car was compromised in the accident, according court documents.

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“It is effectively disconnected from the structure and did not provide the necessary contribution to the overall vehicle structure. There are no welds at the flange between the roof and the cant rail,” stated the court documents. “After the accident, the vehicle caught on fire, and Matthew Seebachan sustained serious burn injuries. He was trapped in the burning vehicle, and was conscious while his body burned.”

A request for comment was placed with Boyce and the lawyer representing the Seebachan’s.

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